Production Manager, Print Salary

Print Production Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than two-thirds of Print Production Managers. Pay fluctuates from $31K to $79K per year, but expected earnings average $54K annually. In the world of Print Production Managers, overall cash earnings stretch from $31K near the bottom to $79K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $8K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $10K, along with commissions approaching $10K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career length and the individual firm. Male Print Production Managers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. While some workers in this profession — nearly one-fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Most Print Production Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,746 - $79,987

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$11.99 - $24.41

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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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,746 - $79,987  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $9,696  
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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$30,937 - $78,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,237
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.99 - $24.41  
   
Overtime
$16.48 - $35.76  
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $10,033  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $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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$30,937 - $78,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 386
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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. A common career progression for a Print Production Manager is to become an Operations Manager or an Art Director. Compared to Print Production Managers, the first group earns $9K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Manager, Print


The biggest paychecks can be found at Alphagraphics, Inc. — the median salary there is $39K.

Popular Skills for Production Manager, Print


Print Production Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 8 percent, and 7 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 who know 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.


Print Production Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $37K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. 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 $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington, New York, and Boston — America's eastern region — boast salaries above the national rate for Print Production Managers. Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cleveland. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Portland (7 percent lower and 4 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 30%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 8%


Prepress
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$50,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Production Management
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 2%



Purchasing
up arrow 8%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 336 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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