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Print Press Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Print Press Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.34 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and slightly more than half receive dental plans. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$22,148 - $63,616
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MEDIAN: $38,292
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$12.10 - $23.74
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$22,148 - $63,616  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,123  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $2,011  
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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$25,728 - $54,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $23.74  
   
Overtime
$17.55 - $35.10  
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 - $1,123  
   
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $2,011  
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).
)
$25,728 - $54,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 354
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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.

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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Print Press Operators make a median salary of $40K. Print Press Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $41K on average.

Experience Affects Print Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 21%