Median pay for Printing Machine Operators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.34 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although roughly a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Printing Machine Operators who answered the questionnnaire. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,225 - $51,142
(Median)
$26K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,271
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$10.11 - $20.20
(Median)
$10
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,225 - $51,142  
   
Bonus
$48.48 - $2,073  
Profit Sharing
$2,150  
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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$22,501 - $45,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $20.20  
   
Overtime
$15.40 - $30.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$48.48 - $2,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,150  
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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$22,501 - $45,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 278
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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 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.

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Experience Affects Printing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Printing Machine Operator Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 5%

Machine Operation
0%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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