Printing Machine Operator Salary

An average Printing Machine Operator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.43 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Printing Machine Operators who answered the questionnnaire. While roughly a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,535 - $51,142
$25K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,271
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$10.31 - $20.17
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$14
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MEDIAN: $14.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,535 - $51,142  
   
Bonus
$50.00 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$22,767 - $45,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.31 - $20.17  
   
Overtime
$14.99 - $30.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$50.00 - $6,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$22,767 - $45,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 296

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Job Description for Printing Machine Operator

A printing machine operator carries out printing operations via the use of various equipment, which usually involves printing on paper but can involve other mediums. Binding finished results may also be a part of the job. Prior to a job being carried out, the machine operator should follow client requests, align tools properly, and match colors as necessary.

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Printing Machine Operator Tasks

  • Maintain press supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level.
  • Maintain production and quality by inspecting random production samples.
  • Minimize downtime by troubleshooting stoppages and breakdown.
  • Change over jobs by removing ink and paper, cleaning parts and components.
  • Complete press operations by preventive maintenance requirements.

Common Career Paths for Printing Machine Operator


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While not commonly seen, Printing Machine Operators who transition into a Manufacturing Production Supervisor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Manufacturing Production Supervisors is $51K per year. The most common next step for a Printing Machine Operator is to become a Print Press Operator or a Print Production Manager. The former position pays an additional $7K per year on average, and the latter position pays $19K more per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Printing Machine Operator

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


For Printing Machine Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $29K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $32K on average. Printing Machine Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $40K.

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Key Stats for Printing Machine Operator

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Printing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲20%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
▼8%

Skills That Affect Printing Machine Operator Salaries


Equipment Maintenance
▲4%

Machine Operation
▼0%

National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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