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Printing Machine Operator Salary

Printing Machine Operators in the United States pull down an average of $14.78 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.15 per hour, and the top verges on $20.03. While roughly a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The majority of Printing Machine Operators (66 percent) who took the survey are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,415 - $48,430
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$19K
$37K
$48K
MEDIAN: $37,076
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$10.15 - $20.03
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,415 - $48,430  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,600  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $983  
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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$21,696 - $44,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.15 - $20.03  
   
Overtime
$13.88 - $29.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,600  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $983  
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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$21,696 - $44,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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Job Description for Printing Machine Operator

A printing machine operator is responsible for the operation and maintenance of a printing machine. The position requires only a high school diploma or GED, though some companies prefer or require experience with their particular machine or software. The ability to read in English and to distinguish between colors is essential, as is careful attention to detail. Organizational skills are important, and a printing machine operator must be able to multitask and work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment. Also, the job may infrequently require lifting up to 70 lbs. and lesser weights more regularly. A printing machine operator will process and print documents on the printer and will often be responsible for maintaining production and quality by inspecting random production samples and producing system quality check reports. The operator will interpret pre-printing instructions for the task and sort materials and printing jobs to best serve customer needs. Maintenance is also the operator's responsibility; this includes changing over jobs by removing ink and paper, cleaning parts and components, installing toner, paper, and other parts, and other preventative maintenance duties. The printing machine operator will troubleshoot stoppages and breakdowns in order to minimize downtime. Other duties include maintaining press supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level and packing the finished product. A printing machine operator may work for a printing company or for an organization whose printing needs require an operator. The job requires frequent bending and lifting. Hours may vary widely; the position may be full-time or part-time and may or may not include evening and weekend work.


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 Production Supervisor, Manufacturings, the job pays $50K per year on average.

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Professional skills reported by Printing Machine Operators are few in number. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 25%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Printing Machine Operator Salaries

National Average
$32,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 21%