Printer Salary

Average Printers in the United States make around $14.34 per hour. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a little less than one-half have dental, as well. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Printers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Printers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,799 - $57,723
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$58K
MEDIAN: $35,731
10%
50%
90%

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$9.55 - $22.39
(Median)
$9
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$19,799 - $57,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
Profit Sharing
$1,900  
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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$20,176 - $52,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.55 - $22.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$13.46 - $35.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,900  
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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$20,176 - $52,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 257
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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. Printers most often move into positions as Print Press Operators or Graphic Artists & Designers; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Printing, Job Scheduling, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Graphic Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Illustrator and Prepress also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Printer

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


Printers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $27K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $31K. Printers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $34K. Printers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $41K.

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Experience Affects Printer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%


Skills That Affect Printer Salaries

Printing
up arrow 14%


National Average
$32,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 8%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 10%

Prepress
up arrow 10%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 12%

Graphic Design
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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