Production Manager, Print Salary

Print Production Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just under two-thirds of Print Production Managers. Pay fluctuates from $31K to $79K per year, but expected earnings average $54K per year. Overall compensation packages to Print Production Managers range from $31K on the low end to $79K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $7K and profit sharing that approaches $10K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $10K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. About a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage 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 57 percent of the field. For the most part, Print Production Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,759 - $79,920
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,856
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50%
90%

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$11.91 - $24.48
(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
$34,759 - $79,920  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,071  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $9,729  
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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$30,761 - $78,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,225
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $24.48  
   
Overtime
$16.28 - $35.82  
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 - $7,071  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $10,033  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $9,729  
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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$30,761 - $78,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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While not commonly seen, Print Production Managers who transition into a Plant Manager of Manufacturing position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Plant Managers of Manufacturing is $81K per year. 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


Print Production Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Alphagraphics, Inc., where the average salary comes to $39K.

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 31 percent, 7 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. 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.


Print Production Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $47K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Print Production Managers make $55K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Print Production Managers in Washington, New York, and Boston — all eastern cities in the United States — make more than the national average for those in this profession. They also represent the three highest-paid locations for Print Production Managers in this country. In Cleveland, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Dallas and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 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 31%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Prepress
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$50,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Production Management
up arrow 2%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
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Purchasing
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Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 336 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

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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