Printing Machine Operator Salary
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.Read More...
Sometimes the operator will work directly with clients, so strong customer service skills are important. There are often productivity goals that need to be met. The operator should have strong attention to detail to make sure that the prints are being produced in a quality manner. When the quality is lacking, the operator should make quick adjustments to minimize losses and adhere to production goals. Basic troubleshooting knowledge related to printing equipment is essential. The operator should carry out basic maintenance on these machines on a regular basis to ensure that they are always functioning well. Any use of the machine should be under strict safety standards.
A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement for this position. Basic mathematical skills are needed to perform measurements and to read items such as rulers and blueprints. Some printing machines use software interfaces, so proficient computer skills may be a requirement. The operator is usually also required to create daily reports of the tasks that are carried out, which must then be entered into a database.
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
Though not the most common occurrence, Printing Machine Operators sometimes become Manufacturing Production Supervisors, where the average income 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.
Printing Machine Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $28K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $32K. Printing Machine Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $38K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $40K.