Electronic Prepress Operator Salary

Earnings for Electronic Prepress Operators in the United States come in at around $19.60 per hour on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to two in five. For the most part, Electronic Prepress Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Electronic Prepress Operators who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,314 - $59,344
$35K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $42,268
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$14.83 - $26.41
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MEDIAN: $19.68
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$0$59K
Salary $35,314 - $59,344
Bonus $485 - $11,335
Profit Sharing $1,376
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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$31,748 - $59,395
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 29
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $14.83 - $26.41
Overtime $22.09 - $38.86
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $485 - $11,335
Profit Sharing $1,376
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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$31,748 - $59,395
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 217

Job Description for Electronic Prepress Operator

An electronic prepress operator is a digital design specialist who ensures their organization's digital images and files are of the highest quality. At the beginning of the electronic prepress process, the operator frequently travels with a sales representative to the client's office for training and information gathering; they also try to learn about how the client wishes to express itself, the images it is trying to evoke, the client's branding, and their expectations for the final digital product. For example, the client may be looking to create an image-focused advertisement that evokes certain messages and images associated with the client's brand image.

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Electronic Prepress Operator Tasks

  • Receive, validate and check accuracy of digital files.
  • Retouch and correct files, illustrations and plates to finalize for publication.
  • Identify missing content, illustrations or other problems and communicate with client.
  • Determine, document and communicate layout considerations, including page count and bleed.

Common Career Paths for Electronic Prepress Operator


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Electronic Prepress Operators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Prepress Manager. The average Prepress Manager brings home $53K per year. Becoming a Prepress Supervisor or a Prepress Specialist is a common transition from an Electronic Prepress Operator role.

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Popular Skills for Electronic Prepress Operator


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Prepress are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Electronic Prepress Operator

Pay by Experience for an Electronic Prepress Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Electronic Prepress Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 52 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Electronic Prepress Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Electronic Prepress Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 100 salaries. An Electronic Prepress Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 127 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,921

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

For Electronic Prepress Operators, the midwestern United States means bigger paychecks — those in Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis earn more than Electronic Prepress Operators in the rest of the country. Green Bay ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Buffalo and New York (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Electronic Prepress Operator

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
50%

Experience Affects Electronic Prepress Operator Salaries

▲8%

▲1%

National Average
$42,000

▼8%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Electronic Prepress Operator Salaries


National Average
$42,000



▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 19%