Printer Salary

Printers in the United States pull down an average of $14.62 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Printers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and a little less than one-half have dental, too. Most Printers survey respondents are men (76 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$23,947 - $60,402
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,462
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90%

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$9.58 - $22.62
(Median)
$9
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,947 - $60,402  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,855  
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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$20,340 - $53,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.58 - $22.62  
   
Overtime
$13.35 - $35.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,855  
   
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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$20,340 - $53,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Print Production Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $50K per year. Printers typically move into roles as Print Press Operators or Graphic Artists & Designers, and those positions pay $5K more and $3K more, respectively.

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Printers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that 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.


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 $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $41K on average.

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Experience Affects Printer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Printer Salaries

Printing
up arrow 13%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$32,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 22%

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
25%
5-9 years
18%
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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