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Production Manager, Print Salary (United States)

Print Production Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and nearly three in five have more than 10 years of experience. Salary is expected to be around $52K annually, but may range from $31K to $78K per year. In the world of Print Production Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $31K and $78K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $7K and $8K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Print Production Managers making up 55 percent of workers. Work is enjoyable for Print Production Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Production Manager, Print Salary (?
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$34,707 - $78,364
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MEDIAN: $52,466
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Production Manager, Print Salary (?
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$11.80 - $24.71
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,707 - $78,364  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,038  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $7,936  
Commission
$-0.50 - $9,696  
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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$30,594 - $77,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,196
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $24.71  
   
Overtime
$15.17 - $36.10  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,038  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $7,936  
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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$30,594 - $77,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 355
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Job Description for Production Manager, Print

  • 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.
  • Manage the production schedule and process of printed materials, including quality control.
  • Estimate and document expected and actual costs per project and overall.

Common Career Paths for Production Manager, Print

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It's not very common for Print Production Managers to move on to become Production Director, Printing and Publishings. Typical pay for a Printing and Publishing Production Director is $83K annually. Typical career progression for a Print Production Manager involves becoming an Art Director or an Operations Manager, roles that pay $4K more and $9K more on average.

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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, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Acrobat as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Project Management also know 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.
For many Print Production Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $48K. Print Production Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $55K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $59K on average. Age distribution in this workforce is quite spread out, with those with between one and nine years of experience accounting for 40 percent of the workforce, those with 10-20 making up 33 percent and those with more than two decades of experience rounding out the remaining 27 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$50,000
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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Print Production Managers, 33 percent above the national average. San Francisco, New York, Seattle, and Minneapolis are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Print Production Managers earning around 32 percent, 23 percent, 20 percent, and 19 percent more than average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 4 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Production Manager, Print Salaries

National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Production Manager, Print Salaries

Budget Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Operations Management
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National Average
$50,000
Production Management
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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ICC Profiling / Color Management
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Adobe Acrobat
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 383 votes.

Gender

Female
45%
female alumni
 
Male
55%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 20%