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Printing Machine Operator Salary

Median pay for Printing Machine Operators in the United States is around $14.75 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.13 per hour and $19.87. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,144 - $46,516
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$24K
$37K
$47K
MEDIAN: $36,640
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$10.13 - $19.87
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,144 - $46,516  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,965  
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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$21,850 - $44,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $19.87  
   
Overtime
$14.85 - $29.80  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,965  
   
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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$21,850 - $44,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245

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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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Though some Printing Machine Operators move into positions like Manufacturing Production Supervisor (where the average salary is $50K), this progression is not the norm. 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 $6K per year on average, and the latter position pays $18K more per year.

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Survey takers who work as Printing Machine Operators report a focused set of job skills. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Machine Operation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Printing Machine Operator

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


For many Printing Machine Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $33K. Printing Machine Operators see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $40K.

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Experience Affects Printing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Printing Machine Operator Salaries

National Average
$32,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Machine Operation
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 20%