Prepress Technician or Worker Salary
|Salary||$28,383 - $57,666|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $1,900|
|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).)
|$27,422 - $52,228|
|Hourly Rate||$12.67 - $23.91|
|Overtime||$19.58 - $37.37|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $1,900|
|Total Pay (||$27,422 - $52,228|
Job Description for Prepress Technician or Worker
The prepress technician holds a production-based position in which they prepare materials for the printing process. Individuals in this position are in charge of ensuring artwork meets certain requirements and that the application of this artwork is completed properly (for example, that files include the correct paper size and color). Prepress technicians participate in meetings with various departments, including sales and management, to ensure that prepress methods are fully optimized and running smoothly. Contact with clients may also be necessary, and technicians work directly with artists and designers.Read More...
The prepress technician typically works during regular business hours, but extended hours or overtime are common as well. The work environment may include factories, warehouses, and/or office environments. Tools used on the job vary with each position, but most involve at least some work with computers and software such as Adobe Photoshop or QuarkXpress. Familiarity with tools such as sheet layouts, workflow suites, and printing equipment is advantageous as well.
Different companies have different educational requirements for prepress technicians. Some positions require a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in graphic design, art, or a related field. Vocational training or experience that relates directly to the position and type of work are also common requirements. Miscellaneous skills that are needed for prepress technicians include excellent communication skills, the ability to multitask, and the ability to solve problems in a quick and efficient manner. Excellent attention to detail is needed as well, as this position includes supervising the production of graphics pressing work. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Prepress Technician or Worker Tasks
- Ensure proper format, appearance and layout of text and images before publication.
- Set up printing presses to produce film, plate or electronic proofs.
- Maintain, repair and troubleshoot presses and printing equipment as needed.
- Scan or upload print and electronic files.
- Make color, text, and digital image corrections.
Common Career Paths for Prepress Technician or Worker
As Prepress Technician or Workers transition into upper-level roles such as Prepress Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Prepress Managers earn $53K on average per year. Prepress Technician or Workers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Electronic Prepress Operators or Prepress Supervisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $11K higher, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Prepress Technician or Worker
Prepress Technician or Workers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Prepress, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe PDF, Graphic Design, and Adobe InDesign. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe InDesign.
Pay by Experience Level for Prepress Technician or Worker
Pay by Experience for a Prepress Technician or Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Prepress Technician or Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 76 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Prepress Technician or Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Prepress Technician or Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 92 salaries. A Prepress Technician or Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 77 salaries.
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