Printing Machine Operator Salary

Printing Machine Operators in the United States take home an average $14.69 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.11 per hour and $20.03. For the most part, Printing Machine Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Printing Machine Operators (68 percent) survey respondents are men. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took 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
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary 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$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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There are some Printing Machine Operators — though it's uncommon — that transition into Manufacturing Production Supervisors, where earnings are an average $51K annually. It is quite typical for Printing Machine Operators to transition into roles as Print Press Operators or Print Production Managers, where reported median earnings are $6K and $18K higher per year.

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Professional skills reported by Printing Machine Operators are few in number. 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 also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Printing Machine Operator

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


For Printing Machine Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $29K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $31K. Printing Machine Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $40K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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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