Production Manager, Print Salary

The majority of Print Production Managers in the United States — just under two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $31K to $79K per year, and the median is $54K annually. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Print Production Managers — as high as $7K, $10K and $10K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $31K to $79K. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Print Production Managers making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Most Print Production Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,668 - $79,979
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,913
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50%
90%

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$11.93 - $24.56
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,668 - $79,979  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,071  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $9,729  
Commission
$-0.50 - $10,033  
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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$30,776 - $78,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $24.56  
   
Overtime
$16.24 - $35.96  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,071  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $10,033  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $9,729  
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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$30,776 - $78,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 388
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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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Print Production Managers sometimes assume positions such as Plant Managers of Manufacturing. That role pays $81K per year on average. When Print Production Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Operations Managers or Art Directors. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $5K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Manager, Print


Print Production Managers flock to Alphagraphics, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $39K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Production Manager, Print


Survey results imply that Print Production Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 7 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 familiar with Project Management also tend to 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.


Print Production Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $47K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Print Production Managers see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Relative to Print Production Managers in the rest of the country, Print Production Managers to the east in Washington, New York, and Boston see salaries beyond the national average. The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Portland (4 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 31%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Prepress
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Production Management
up arrow 2%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
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Purchasing
up arrow 8%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 335 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
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 21%
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