Printer Salary

Median pay for Printers in the United States is around $14.52 per hour. Most Printers survey respondents are men (76 percent). Work is enjoyable for Printers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by slightly less than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,839 - $60,873
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$61K
MEDIAN: $35,597
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50%
90%

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$9.60 - $21.90
(Median)
$9
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,839 - $60,873  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,745  
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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$20,323 - $51,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.60 - $21.90  
   
Overtime
$13.21 - $35.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,745  
   
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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$20,323 - $51,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207

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Job Description for Printer

The printer takes clients' project ideas and turn them into a printed product. This professional receives an assignment and then use any applicable printing equipment to complete it. The range of jobs that the printer completes is diverse; for example, a printer may work at a retail outlet where they fill printing needs of customers,or in private business where they perform printing functions for their company and/or its clients. Understanding how to operate printing equipment is essential to properly completing assignments. The ability to delegate and prioritize assignments is also crucial to maximize efficiency. Hours for a printer vary, but they are generally normal business hours. However, some retail printing positions have extended hours into the evening to meet consumer demands. Printing work is generally performed indoors in an office settings; some retail environments are set up like storefronts with printers interacting with the customers.

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Printer Tasks

  • Inspect products produce to ensure high quality.
  • Multi-task and prioritize work flow based on urgency.
  • Operate printing machines.

Common Career Paths for Printer


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Printers often transition into Print Production Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Print Production Managers earn $50K per year. When Printers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Print Press Operators or Graphic Artists & Designers. Those roles pay an additional $6K and $4K, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Printers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Printing, Job Scheduling, and Graphic Design can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design and Job Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Printer

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


Printers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $26K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $31K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $41K on average.

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Experience Affects Printer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Printer Salaries

Printing
up arrow 14%

National Average
$32,000

Job Scheduling
up arrow 4%

Graphic Design
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 34%