Printing Estimator Salary
Printing Estimators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $48K annually on average but can range from $33K to $61K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Male Printing Estimators are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 61 percent of professionals. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a little more than half have dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Printing Estimator
Printing estimators are responsible for providing accurate client estimates for printing projects in their organization. They are in charge of calculating costs regarding printing activities for prospect and existing clients, explaining printing estimates in a simple and non-technical manner. They must have strong customer service background to increase brand satisfaction and complete administrative tasks with accuracy, keeping precise records of estimates. One of their main responsibilities includes making calculations for materials, labor, and taxes to provide a total for the client to analyze before making a decision and committing to the printing project.Read More...
Printing estimators develop business relationships with prospect and current customers. They also utilize their previous color management experience and advanced understanding of the offset printing process in their day-to-day work. They also have knowledge of folding, cutting, and stitching materials for previewing purposes. Printing estimators use a personal computer as one of their main tools and are proficient with basic office applications, as well as proprietary printing software for layout design. They also interact with printing equipment to analyze printing requirements as needed.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally necessary for this position. Previous experience as an estimator in a printing organization may be required or preferred. Printing estimators must be organized individuals that pay close attention to detail. They need to be able to multitask in a variety of projects, and work under strict estimate deadlines. Additionally, they should have a basic understanding of custom order entry, as well as how to fill out paperwork regarding bills or material lists. Printing estimators should work well in a team setting with other estimators to achieve all company objectives, but must also be able to perform well on their own with minimal supervision.
Printing Estimator Tasks
- Evaluate project plans to assess resource needs and work flow.
- Track and communicate productions numbers and work flow impediments.
- Collaborate with other project stakeholders to identify blocks and efficiency opportunities.
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Pay by Experience Level for Printing Estimator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Printing Estimators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $44K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $50K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.