Men represent the vast majority of Print Press Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.95 per hour nationwide. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a little over a half receive dental plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$24,793 - $60,267
$25K
$37K
$60K
MEDIAN: $37,369
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50%
90%

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$12.14 - $24.74
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,793 - $60,267  
   
Bonus
$145.44 - $2,576  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$25,991 - $56,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $24.74  
   
Overtime
$19.65 - $37.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$145.44 - $2,576  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$25,991 - $56,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 380

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Print Press Operator


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Print Press Operators who transition into an Operations Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $59K per year. A Print Press Operator often moves on to become an Offset Press Operator or a Press Operator.

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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $44K.

Print Press Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Print Press Operator?

Print Press Operator in Haltom City:
"Not always Challenging, though sometimes stressful."
Pros: As an operator I feel very comfortable around this very expensive equipment even though I was only given a 4 days to learn what took others a month.. The tasks are usually very simple and I don't come across very many troubles.
Cons: When things go bad oh boy they go really bad. When one of these expensive machines goes down it takes days to get them back up because I have to deal with some of the worst techs. Just because the machines are down doesn't mean the requests to print and produce stop. The pressure is immense and quite unbearable sometimes.

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Key Stats for Print Press Operator

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Print Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Print Press Operator Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 35%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 8%


National Average
$40,000

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 8%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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