$45,858
Avg. Salary
$17.95
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$967

Bonus

$983

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Print Press Operator is $17.95 per hour.

The average pay for a Print Press Operator is $45,858 per year.

10%
$12.59
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$17.95
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$25.13
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MEDIAN $17.95
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$29k
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$46k
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$61k
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MEDIAN $45,858
$28,690 - $60,725
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MEDIAN: $45,858
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$0$60K
Salary $28,690 - $60,725
Bonus $175 - $2,250
Profit Sharing $206 - $5,017
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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$27,169 - $57,939
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 68
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.59 - $25.13
Hourly Tips $0.05
Overtime $19.59 - $37.46
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $175 - $2,250
Profit Sharing $206 - $5,017
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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$27,169 - $57,939
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 714

Job Description

A print press operator sets up the print press machines and color swatches, as well as operates the press. Some positions may even require the operator to install new machines, so proficiency and knowledge with all relevant equipment may be needed before the operator starts work. Individuals in this position may work at publications such as magazines and newspapers or for organizations providing printing services for businesses. A print press operator might also develop designs and color coordination for prints to be used to reach prospective clients.

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Print Press Operator Tasks
  • Establish printing quality by adjusting ink distribution, speed and drying temperatures.
  • Maintain press supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level.
  • Shut down printing presses by removing ink and paper, cleaning parts and components.
  • Make plates and mix ink.
  • Set up and operate printing press.

Popular Employer Salaries

$0$65K

$44,135

$40,196

Common Career Paths


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As Print Press Operators transition into upper-level roles such as Operations Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Operations Managers earn $59K on average per year. An Offset Press Operator or a Press Operator is a typical transition from a Print Press Operator role.

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Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Print Press Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Print Press Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 116 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Print 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 $37,000 based on 96 salaries. An experienced Print 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 135 salaries. A Print 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 $45,000 based on 129 salaries.

Job Reviews

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

Print Press Operator in Minneapolis:
"Unsatisfying."
Pros: Most other employees and hours
Cons: Unfairness with pay, lack of health insurance, favoritisms

Print Press Operator in Tucson:
"Always something different..."
Pros: I never know what kind of project I'll be working on day to day. It's fun, like being in arts and crafts class every day.
Cons: Work can be sporadic, depending on the season and the motivation of the sales reps. Sometimes it's super slow, with not much to do but clean and maintain.

Print Press Operator in Boise:
"Four seasons never worked elseehere."
Pros: Hunting fishing nearby
Cons: Traffic

Print Press Operator in Haltom City:
"Not always Challenging, though sometimes stressful."
Pros: As an operator I feel very comfortable around this very expensive equipment even though I was only given a 4 days to learn what took others a month.. The tasks are usually very simple and I don't come across very many troubles.
Cons: When things go bad oh boy they go really bad. When one of these expensive machines goes down it takes days to get them back up because I have to deal with some of the worst techs. Just because the machines are down doesn't mean the requests to print and produce stop. The pressure is immense and quite unbearable sometimes.

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Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 163 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
34%

How Experience Affects Salaries

Late-Career
▲14%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼21%

How Skills Affect Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
▲35%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
▲17%


National Average
$40,000

Equipment Maintenance
▼8%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 21%