Production Manager, Print Salary

Print Production Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under two-thirds of Print Production Managers. Salaries average out to around $55K annually and spread from $31K to $80K per year. Total cash compensation for Print Production Managers runs from around $31K to approximately $80K, including potential for up to $8K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with a few receiving commissions as high as $10K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but years of experience and geographic location are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Print Production Managers making up 56 percent of survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,030 - $81,169
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$81K
MEDIAN: $54,678
10%
50%
90%

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$12.19 - $24.97
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,030 - $81,169  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,112  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $8,204  
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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$31,020 - $79,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,332
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $24.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$17.36 - $38.16  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,112  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $8,204  
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).
)
$31,020 - $79,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 427
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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 who advance into the role of a Plant Manager of Manufacturing are fairly uncommon. Plant Managers of Manufacturing on average earn $81K per year. When Print Production Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Operations Managers or Marketing Project Managers. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $3K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Manager, Print


National Relief Charities, Speedpro Imaging, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, Alphagraphics, Inc., and Minuteman Press are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Print Production Managers. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $69K.

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 Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 12 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Acrobat as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Prepress and Customer Relations also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Project Management are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. Print Production Managers bring in $56K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,445

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Print Production Managers, 34 percent higher than the national average. Print Production Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+33 percent), Washington (+32 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 6 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Austin (5 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 29%

Purchasing
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%


Operations Management
up arrow 2%

Production Management
0%

National Average
$50,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 2%




Prepress
up arrow 24%

Customer Relations
up arrow 24%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 358 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
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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