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Production Manager, Print Salary

Print Production Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent slightly less than two-thirds of Print Production Managers. Salaries average out to around $54K annually and spread from $31K to $79K per year. Total cash incomes of Print Production Managers run from $31K to $79K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K, profit sharing that reaches $10K, and some commissions of nearly $10K. While geography and the individual firm impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Men make up a slight majority of Print Production Managers (57 percent) who responded to the survey. While approximately one in five report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Print Production Managers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,757 - $79,753
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,613
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90%

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$11.93 - $24.41
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
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
$34,757 - $79,753  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,111  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $9,658  
Commission
$-0.50 - $10,101  
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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$30,665 - $78,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,212
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $24.41  
   
Overtime
$16.63 - $35.89  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,111  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $10,101  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $9,658  
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).
)
$30,665 - $78,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 381
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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


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

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, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 8 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. 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Print Production Managers. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. 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


Print Production Managers earn a generous sum in eastern parts of the United States: Washington, New York, and Boston each offer salaries above the national average. Cleveland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Employers in Dallas and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent less).

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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 2%

National Average
$50,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Production Management
up arrow 2%

Purchasing
up arrow 2%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 3%




Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 342 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
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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