Printing Machine Operator Salary

For Printing Machine Operators, hourly average wages total $14.64 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.19 per hour and $19.73. Most Printing Machine Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Printing Machine Operators survey respondents are men (71 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,107 - $48,037

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$10.19 - $19.73

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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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,107 - $48,037  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,649  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $1,017  
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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$21,989 - $44,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $19.73  
   
Overtime
$14.98 - $30.45  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,649  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $1,017  
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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$21,989 - $44,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 256
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Printing Machine Operator


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While Printing Machine Operators do not often become Manufacturing Production Supervisors, the job pays $50K per year on average. 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 $6K per year on average, and the latter position pays $18K more per year.

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Survey takers who work as Printing Machine Operators typically report just a few professional skills. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Printing Machine Operator

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


Printing Machine Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $28K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $32K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Printing Machine Operators make a median salary of $35K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Printing Machine Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $40K on average.

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Experience Affects Printing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Printing Machine Operator Salaries

National Average
$32,000


Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 18%
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