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Production Manager, Print Salary (United States)

Print Production Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $53K annually on average but can range from $31K to $79K per year. In the world of Print Production Managers, total cash compensation ranges from $31K on the lower end to $79K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $7K and profit sharing that approaches $8K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $10K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Men working as Print Production Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Production Manager, Print Salary (?
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$34,589 - $79,258
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MEDIAN: $53,026
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Production Manager, Print Salary (?
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$11.85 - $23.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,589 - $79,258  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,006  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $7,978  
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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$30,746 - $78,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $23.84  
   
Overtime
$15.36 - $36.15  
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 - $7,006  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $7,978  
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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$30,746 - $78,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 347
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Printing and Publishing Production Director. The average Printing and Publishing Production Director bring home $81K per year. Art Directors or Operations Managers are common next-step roles for Print Production Managers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Art Directors is $5K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Operations Managers.

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Popular Skills for Production Manager, Print

Survey takers working as Print Production Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Purchasing, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 13 percent, and 8 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 experienced in 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.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Print Production Managers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. On average, Print Production Managers make $55K following one to two decades on the job. Print Production Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $58K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Dallas
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National Average
$50,000
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For Print Production Managers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Print Production Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+34 percent), New York (+25 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), and Minneapolis (+18 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Portland (3 percent lower and 2 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
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Purchasing
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Microsoft Excel
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Operations Management
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Production Management
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National Average
$50,000
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Adobe InDesign
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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 364 votes.

Gender

Female
44%
female alumni
 
Male
56%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 20%