Printer Salary

The average Printer in the United States earns approximately $14.50 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although slightly more than half have medical coverage and roughly two in five have dental coverage, just over two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. Most Printers survey respondents are men (73 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$24,717 - $60,000
$25K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $39,635
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$9.46 - $22.67
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$14
$23
MEDIAN: $14.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,717 - $60,000  
   
Bonus
$986 - $6,953  
Profit Sharing
$491.32  
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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$20,739 - $53,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.46 - $22.67  
   
Overtime
$16.09 - $34.15  
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
$986 - $6,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32  
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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$20,739 - $53,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 205

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Printer


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Many Printers move into a Print Production Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $51K per year. Printers most often move into positions as Print Press Operators or Graphic Artists & Designers; those groups report median salaries that are $5K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Printer

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


For many Printers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $26K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $33K. Printers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $42K on average.

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Key Stats for Printer

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Printer Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Experienced
▲9%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$33,000

▼21%

Skills That Affect Printer Salaries

Printing
▲10%

Prepress
▲9%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
▲6%

National Average
$33,000


Adobe Photoshop
▼9%

Adobe InDesign
▼12%

Adobe Illustrator
▼15%

Graphic Design
▼26%

Customer Service
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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