Printing Machine Operator Salary

An average Printing Machine Operator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.76 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.22 per hour and $19.66. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,107 - $48,037
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$38K
$48K
MEDIAN: $37,827
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$10.22 - $19.66
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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 - $1,987  
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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$22,118 - $44,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $19.66  
   
Overtime
$15.04 - $29.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
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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$22,118 - $44,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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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. A common career progression for a Printing Machine Operator is to become a Print Press Operator or a Print Production Manager. Compared to Printing Machine Operators, the first group earns $5K more on average, and the second group earns $18K more.

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Printing Machine Operators usually report a few specific skills. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $40K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Printing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

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 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 18%
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