Production Manager, Print Salary

Just under two-thirds of Print Production Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $31K to $80K per year, and the average comes out to $55K annually. Overall cash earnings of Print Production Managers stretch from $31K near the bottom to $80K on the more lucrative end; these packages can sometimes encompass potential bonuses and profit sharing of almost $8K each, along with commissions approaching $10K in rare cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by tenure and location. Most Print Production Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Print Production Managers making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, slightly less than a fourth claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,030 - $81,169
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$81K
MEDIAN: $54,678
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$12.19 - $24.97
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,030 - $81,169  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,112  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $8,204  
Commission
$-0.50 - $9,863  
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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$31,020 - $79,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,332
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $24.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$17.36 - $38.16  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,112  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $8,204  
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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$31,020 - $79,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 427
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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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Though some Print Production Managers move into positions like Plant Manager of Manufacturing (where the average salary is $81K), this progression is not the norm. 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 $8K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Manager, Print


National Relief Charities, Speedpro Imaging, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, Alphagraphics, Inc., and Minuteman Press are among the top companies that take on many Print Production Managers. Those at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $69K.

Popular Skills for Production Manager, Print


Print Production Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Purchasing, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 12 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Acrobat as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Prepress and Customer Relations 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.


For many Print Production Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. Print Production Managers see a median salary of $56K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,445

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

For Print Production Managers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Print Production Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+33 percent), Washington (+32 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. Employers in Portland and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Production Manager, Print Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Production Manager, Print Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 29%

Purchasing
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%


Operations Management
up arrow 2%

Production Management
0%

National Average
$50,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 2%




Prepress
up arrow 24%

Customer Relations
up arrow 24%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 358 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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