Production Manager, Print Salary

With nearly three in five of Print Production Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $32K to $81K per year and averages out to $56K per year. Cash earnings of Print Production Managers — including $10K in bonuses, $6K in profit sharing proceeds, and $34K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $32K to approximately $81K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although nearly one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and over one-half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,572 - $83,746
$37K
$56K
$84K
MEDIAN: $55,965
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90%

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$12.26 - $25.76
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,572 - $83,746  
   
Bonus
$495.72 - $9,947  
Profit Sharing
$695 - $6,013  
Commission
$255.32 - $34,255  
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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$31,526 - $81,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 889
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $25.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$18.94 - $39.54  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$495.72 - $9,947  
   
Commission
$255.32 - $34,255  
Profit Sharing
$695 - $6,013  
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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$31,526 - $81,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 312

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Job Description for Production Manager, Print

  • Manage the production schedule and process of printed materials, including quality control.
  • Estimate and document expected and actual costs per project and overall.
  • Coordinate with graphic designers and vendors to choose print substrates and production methods for each project.
  • Establish, negotiate, and maintain working relationships with artists and vendors to produce print products that meet client needs.

Common Career Paths for Production Manager, Print


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While Print Production Managers do not often become Plant Managers of Manufacturing, the job pays $82K per year on average. Print Production Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Operations Managers or Marketing Project Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $7K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Manager, Print


Dominating the field, Innerworkings, National Relief Charities, Alphagraphics, Inc., Minuteman Press, and R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Print Production Managers. The biggest paychecks can be found at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company — the median salary there is $75K. Also paying near the top of the field are Innerworkings at $71K, National Relief Charities at $48K, and Abc Imaging, Inc., where Print Production Managers annually earn $45K.

Minuteman Press, Alphagraphics, Inc., and Abc Imaging, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $36K, $39K, and $45K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Production Manager, Print


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Purchasing, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 13 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Prepress, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. Those familiar with Project Management also tend to know Graphic Design and Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Manager, Print

Pay by Experience for a Production Manager, Print has a positive trend. An entry-level Production Manager, Print with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 321 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Production Manager, Print with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 319 salaries. An experienced Production Manager, Print which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 470 salaries. A Production Manager, Print with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 359 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,835

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Print Production Managers, 37 percent higher than the national average. Print Production Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+35 percent), New York (+32 percent), Philadelphia (+25 percent), and Boston (+21 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (5 percent lower) and Phoenix (4 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Production Manager, Print

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 217 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Production Manager, Print Salaries

▲22%

▲12%

National Average
$52,000

▼6%

▼25%

Skills That Affect Production Manager, Print Salaries

Budget Management
▲25%

▲13%

People Management
▲6%


Microsoft Excel
▲4%


Production Management
▼0%

Operations Management
▼0%

National Average
$52,000







Prepress
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 217 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 27%