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Production Manager, Print Salary

Slightly less than two-thirds of Print Production Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $31K to $79K per year, but median earnings come to around $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. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. 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. Most Print Production Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Approximately one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,803 - $79,769
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,663
10%
50%
90%

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$11.91 - $24.05
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
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
$34,803 - $79,769  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,126  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $9,696  
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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$30,765 - $78,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,210
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
$11.91 - $24.05  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $35.71  
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 - $7,126  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $10,101  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $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).
)
$30,765 - $78,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367

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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 do not often transition into Plant Manager of Manufacturing roles. The role averages $81K per year. Print Production Managers typically move into roles as Operations Managers or Art Directors, and those positions pay $9K more and $5K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Manager, Print


Alphagraphics, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $39K on average.

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 30 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 Illustrator 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Print Production Managers. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably 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


Print Production Managers will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 38 percent. Print Production Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), Boston (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+23 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Cleveland and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 7 percent less than the median.

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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 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 1%

Production Management
up arrow 2%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 2%

Purchasing
up arrow 2%




Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 345 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
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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