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
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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