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 $31K to $82K per year. In the world of Print Production Managers, overall cash earnings stretch from $31K near the bottom to $82K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $10K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $6K, along with commissions approaching $28K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Print Production Managers making up 58 percent of survey respondents. While one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and over one-half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Print Production Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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. 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
Print Production Managers fill the offices of leading firms National Relief Charities, Innerworkings, Alphagraphics, Inc., Minuteman Press, and Speedpro Imaging. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $75K.
Popular Skills for Production Manager, Print
Print Production Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Purchasing, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 15 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Prepress as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent in 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $49K. For Print Production Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $58K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $63K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Print Production Managers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Print Production Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Philadelphia (+30 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), and Boston (+21 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (11 percent lower) and Miami (4 percent lower).
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