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Print Press Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Print Press Operators earn an average of $17.72 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$25,000 - $63,871
(Median)
$25K
$37K
$64K
MEDIAN: $36,912
10%
50%
90%

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$12.26 - $24.25
(Median)
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$25,000 - $63,871  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,082  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,177 - $55,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $24.25  
   
Overtime
$17.93 - $34.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,082  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$26,177 - $55,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 340

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Job Description for Print Press Operator

A print press operator sets up the print press machines and color swatches, as well as operates the press. Some positions may even require the operator to install new machines, so proficiency and knowledge with all relevant equipment may be needed before the operator starts work. Individuals in this position may work at publications such as magazines and newspapers or for organizations providing printing services for businesses. A print press operator might also develop designs and color coordination for prints to be used to reach prospective clients.

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Print Press Operator Tasks

  • Make plates and mix ink.
  • Set up and operate printing press.
  • Shut down printing presses by removing ink and paper, cleaning parts and components.
  • Establish printing quality by adjusting ink distribution, speed and drying temperatures.
  • Maintain press supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level.

Common Career Paths for Print Press Operator


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For Print Press Operators, progressing to an Operations Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Operations Manager can earn $59K annually. An Offset Press Operator or a Heavy Duty Printing Press Operator is a typical transition from a Print Press Operator role.

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Pay by Experience Level for Print Press Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Print Press Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Print Press Operators make a median salary of $41K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $42K.

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Experience Affects Print Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 21%
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