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Printing Machine Operator Salary

Pay for Printing Machine Operators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $14.81 per hour. Pay generally varies between $10.21 per hour and $19.87. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Printing Machine Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Printing Machine Operators (69 percent) survey respondents are male. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,144 - $46,516
(Median)
$24K
$37K
$47K
MEDIAN: $36,704
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$10.21 - $19.87
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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
$294.79 - $992  
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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$22,159 - $44,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $19.87  
   
Overtime
$14.81 - $29.86  
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
$294.79 - $992  
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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$22,159 - $44,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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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 $50K per year. Printing Machine Operators most often move into positions as Print Press Operators or Print Production Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $28K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $35K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Printing Machine Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $40K on average.

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Experience Affects Printing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

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
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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
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 18%
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