Printer Salary

Pay for Printers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $14.34 per hour. Although more than half have medical coverage and slightly less than half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Printers who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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

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

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National Salary 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$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 (?
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$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).
)
$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. A common career progression for a Printer is to become a Print Press Operator or a Graphic Artist & Designer. Compared to Printers, the first group earns $6K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

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Survey results imply that Printers put a diverse skill set to use. 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $27K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $31K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $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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