$38,581
Avg. Salary
$15.83
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$988

Bonus

$1,350

Profit Sharing

$50.00

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Press Operator is $15.83 per hour.

The average pay for a Press Operator is $38,581 per year.

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$10.81
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$15.83
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$23.25
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MEDIAN $15.83
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$23k
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$39k
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$62k
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MEDIAN $38,581
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MEDIAN: $38,581
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$0$61K
Salary $23,181 - $61,824
Bonus $150 - $3,000
Profit Sharing $201 - $4,932
Commission $50.00
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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$23,581 - $53,296
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 70
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $10.81 - $23.25
Hourly Tips $0.77
Overtime $15.40 - $34.42
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $150 - $3,000
Commission $50.00
Profit Sharing $201 - $4,932
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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$23,581 - $53,296
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,431

Job Description for Press Operator

Press operators' primary function is to safely and efficiently use a press to perform printing-related tasks required by their employer. It is essential for the press operator to have an excellent understanding of the machinery and be able identify tool wear or damage to prevent further issues. The press operator is also in charge of performing equipment setup and minor maintenance such as lubrication, cleaning, and adjustments. They update the press history sheet to ensure that any changes or adjustments are noted. When there is an issue or something does not seem correct, the press operator must know when and how to stop equipment and ask for clarification on the procedure or product. After each product is finished, the press operator should examine it to ensure the work was done properly. These professionals generally work full time in a factory environment.

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Press Operator Tasks
  • Set up, monitor, and maintain press to meet product specifications and timelines.
  • Complete job run logs, including any mechanical problems and metrics for output, waste, and spoilage.
  • Maintain and calibrate equipment, complying with all safety regulations and submitting orders for complex repairs.
  • Inspect, package, and document finished orders.

Common Career Paths for Press Operator


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While Press Operators do not often become Production Supervisors, the job pays $51K per year on average. With an annual salary of $43K, Web-Press Operator is the most common role for Press Operators to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Digital Press Operator role — which usually pays $35K — is also typical for Press Operators, though less common by comparison.

Press Operator Job Listings

Popular Skills for Press Operator


Press Operators report using a wide range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Printing command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 62 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Troubleshooting, Team Leadership, and press operator. The majority of those who know Machine Operation also know press operator and Printing.

Pay by Experience Level for Press Operator

Pay by Experience for a Press Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Press Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 363 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Press Operator 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 190 salaries. An experienced Press Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 213 salaries. A Press Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 152 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

29%

National Average: $35,535

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

Surpassing the national average by 55 percent, Press Operators in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Press Operators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+45 percent), Green Bay (+27 percent), Columbus (+26 percent), and Chicago (+17 percent). Press Operators in Indianapolis take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Toledo and Grand Rapids (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Press Operator Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Press Operator?

Press Operator in Garrettsville:
"How the owners operate."
Dont let them use you.

Press Operator in Berryville:
"Adaptibility."
You have to be able to think on your feet and troubleshoot mechanical and chemical issues. Some things you learn on the go but you can get by without extensive knowledge on both sides, but then you won't make a very good pressman. The most challenging part of the job is still dealing with the people you have to work with, being able to keep your crew working as an efficient team is the hardest part, especially with the range of characters you run into working at print shops!

Press Operator in Lenox:
Pros: None. I don't like production work. I don't like repetitive work.
Cons: Everything. I'm not happy at my job.

Press Operator in Edna:
"Make sure everything runs smootg."
Pros: Everything I enjoy my job. Just not enough pay.
Cons: No breaks hardly boss is a da and no rules.

Press Operator in Oconomowoc:
"Good some days, bad others.....a hero one day, a zero the ne."

Press Operator in Chicago:
"Press operator."
Pros: Nice easy going job pretty easy for me get to work with my hands.
Cons: Sometimes don't see family long hours.

Press Operator in Birmingham:
"My Press Operating Experience."
Pros: I run a die cast press machine everyday which makes thermal decals. What I like most about my job is the process that goes into making a decal. Upon the first "press" the decal comes out looking like crap. My job is to get the metal die set up and then apply different elements such as more/less heat, pressure, tape, etc.. to make the press surface even so that I get a nice smooth cut decal. This is a learned technique. I get a sense of accomplishment with each job that I make. As long as deadlines are met, the work hours are flexible. My position is not micro-managed; I general work on my own.
Cons: At times it can be stressful because of deadlines. This job requires standing on your feet in one spot for 8+ hours a day.

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Key Stats for Press Operator

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 303 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
21%

Experience Affects Press Operator Salaries

▲28%

▲14%

National Average
$36,000

▼1%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Press Operator Salaries

Printing
▲64%


National Average
$36,000

Machine Operation
▼2%

press operator
▼11%

Team Leadership
▼14%

Troubleshooting
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 303 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 22%