Printing Machine Operator Salary

The average Printing Machine Operator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.72 per hour. Pay generally varies between $10.17 per hour and $19.67. Most Printing Machine Operators survey respondents are men (71 percent). Job satisfaction for Printing Machine Operators is high. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$25,107 - $48,037
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$48K
MEDIAN: $37,827
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$10.17 - $19.67
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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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$21,916 - $44,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.17 - $19.67  
   
Overtime
$14.98 - $30.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$21,916 - $44,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 252
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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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Though some Printing Machine Operators move into positions like Manufacturing Production Supervisor (where the average salary is $50K), this progression is not the norm. Printing Machine Operators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Print Press Operators or Print Production Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Printing Machine Operators typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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 and Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Printing Machine Operator

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Printing Machine Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $28K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $32K. For Printing Machine Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $40K.

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Experience Affects Printing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Printing Machine Operator Salaries

National Average
$32,000


Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 9%

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: 19%
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