Printing Machine Operator Salary

Median pay for Printing Machine Operators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.69 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.11 per hour on the low end to $20.03 on the high end. The majority of Printing Machine Operators (68 percent) survey respondents are male. Most Printing Machine Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,559 - $52,290
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,218
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$10.11 - $20.03
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,559 - $52,290  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,589  
Profit Sharing
$850  
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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$22,107 - $44,917  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $20.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.75 - $30.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,589  
   
Profit Sharing
$850  
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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$22,107 - $44,917  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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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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Printing Machine Operators who advance into the role of a Manufacturing Production Supervisor are fairly uncommon. Manufacturing Production Supervisors on average earn $51K per year. Typical career progression for a Printing Machine Operator involves becoming a Print Press Operator or a Print Production Manager, roles that pay $6K more and $18K more on average.

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

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $29K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $31K on average. On average, Printing Machine Operators make $36K following one to two decades on the job. Printing Machine Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $40K.

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Experience Affects Printing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Printing Machine Operator Salaries

National Average
$32,000


Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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