Production Manager, Print Salary
Print Production Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $56K annually on average but can range from $32K to $81K per year. In the world of Print Production Managers, overall cash earnings stretch from $32K near the bottom to $81K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $10K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $8K, along with commissions approaching $34K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — about a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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
At the upper end, Print Production Managers who move into a Plant Manager of Manufacturing role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Plant Managers of Manufacturing is a much higher $82K per year. The most common next step for a Print Production Manager is to become an Operations Manager or a Marketing Project Manager. The former position pays an additional $7K per year on average, and the latter position pays $2K more per year.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Manager, Print
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Print Production Managers include National Relief Charities, Innerworkings, Alphagraphics, Inc., Minuteman Press, and Speedpro Imaging. Innerworkings leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $72K.
Popular Skills for Production Manager, Print
Print Production Managers report using a large range of skills 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, 14 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Acrobat as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Prepress and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Project Management indicates knowledge of Graphic Design and Adobe InDesign.
Pay by Experience Level for Production Manager, Print
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Print Production Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. Print Production Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $62K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
For Print Production Managers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Print Production Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+32 percent), Philadelphia (+32 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Portland (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).
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