Production Manager, Print Salary (United States)

Print Production Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up 60 percent of Print Production Managers in the United States. Pay fluctuates from $30,594 to $77,819 per year, but expected earnings average $49,621 per year. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into overall incomes for Print Production Managers. Ranging between $34,707 near the bottom and $78,364 near the top, total earnings can include up to $7,038 from bonuses and up to $7,936 from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $9,696. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and 45 percent earn vision coverage. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 55 percent. Most Print Production Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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  
PayScale
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 (?
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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  
PayScale
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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Though some Print Production Managers move into positions like Printing and Publishing Production Director (where salaries climb a solid $33K), this progression is not the norm. The most common next step for Print Production Managers is moving into roles as Art Directors or Operations Managers, where they can expect an extra $4,473 or $8,693 per year.

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Popular Skills for Production Manager, Print

Print Production Managers report exploiting 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. Those proficient in Project Management are, more often than not, also skilled 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.
Print Production Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. Starting out, salaries fall in the $37K range but grow to $48K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $55K. Print Production Managers who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $59K. In this field, there is a large range of employee experience; those with the least amount of experience—one to nine years—make up 40 percent of people in the field; those with 10-20 represent 33 percent, and those with the most experience—more than 20 years—account for 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. Also paying near the top of the field are San Francisco, New York, Seattle, and Minneapolis, where Print Production Managers annually earn 32 percent, 23 percent, 20 percent, and 19 percent more than the national average. Austin is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of 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%
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