Printer Salary

Printers in the United States take home approximately $14.57 per hour on average. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and slightly less than one-half receive dental plans. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Printers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Work is enjoyable for Printers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,987 - $60,335

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$9.57 - $22.66

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,987 - $60,335  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$20,328 - $53,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.57 - $22.66  
   
Overtime
$13.35 - $35.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$20,328 - $53,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 223
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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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Advancing into a Print Production Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Printers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $50K per year. Career advancement for the typical Printer often leads to becoming a Print Press Operator or a Graphic Artist & Designer; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Printers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Printing, Job Scheduling, and Graphic Design can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing Graphic Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Printer

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $26K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $31K. On average, Printers make $35K following one to two decades on the job. Printers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $41K.

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Experience Affects Printer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Printer Salaries

Printing
up arrow 13%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 3%

National Average
$32,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 36%
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