Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-5112 Printing Press Operators

Set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, or other printing machines. Includes short-run offset printing presses.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
191,130 1.4 % $17.00 $35,370 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.74 $12.34 $16.19 $20.79 $25.73
Annual Wage (2) $20,270 $25,660 $33,680 $43,250 $53,510


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Printing and Related Support Activities 107,120 21.65 $17.30 $35,990
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 18,270 3.62 $17.36 $36,110
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 15,180 5.38 $18.18 $37,820
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 6,150 1.51 $15.87 $33,000
Plastics Product Manufacturing 5,460 1.09 $15.75 $32,750

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Printing and Related Support Activities 107,120 21.65 $17.30 $35,990
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 15,180 5.38 $18.18 $37,820
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 1,650 4.60 $12.64 $26,300
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 18,270 3.62 $17.36 $36,110
Specialized Design Services 2,520 2.21 $15.23 $31,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 640 0.03 $40.00 $83,200
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $22.25 $46,290
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 50 0.01 $22.05 $45,860
Offices of Physicians 60 (7) $21.50 $44,710
Software Publishers 70 0.03 $20.91 $43,490


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 17,810 1.27 0.85 $17.52 $36,450
Texas 12,130 1.20 0.80 $15.64 $32,530
Illinois 11,200 2.03 1.35 $17.51 $36,420
Pennsylvania 10,790 1.97 1.31 $17.47 $36,330
New York 10,650 1.28 0.85 $17.53 $36,460




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 7,710 2.96 1.97 $18.59 $38,670
Missouri 6,320 2.44 1.62 $15.92 $33,110
Minnesota 6,000 2.34 1.56 $18.87 $39,250
Nebraska 2,050 2.27 1.51 $15.20 $31,610
Kansas 2,880 2.21 1.47 $15.95 $33,170




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 850 1.33 0.89 $27.63 $57,480
Delaware 270 0.68 0.45 $20.68 $43,020
Alaska 170 0.55 0.37 $20.34 $42,320
New Jersey 6,160 1.64 1.09 $20.31 $42,240
Hawaii 510 0.89 0.59 $20.27 $42,160

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 7,810 2.20 1.47 $17.89 $37,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,800 1.52 1.01 $17.48 $36,370
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,540 1.11 0.74 $18.88 $39,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,050 1.77 1.18 $19.08 $39,690
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,820 2.28 1.52 $19.99 $41,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,500 1.59 1.06 $18.55 $38,580
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,410 1.89 1.26 $19.76 $41,110
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,160 1.26 0.84 $14.48 $30,120
St. Louis, MO-IL 3,060 2.43 1.62 $16.30 $33,900
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,050 1.52 1.01 $16.98 $35,320




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 750 8.79 5.84 $19.65 $40,870
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 480 8.53 5.67 $18.53 $38,540
Lawrence, KS 320 6.90 4.59 $21.56 $44,840
Lancaster, PA 1,350 6.07 4.04 $17.18 $35,740
Green Bay, WI 970 5.97 3.97 $19.62 $40,810
Ames, IA 230 5.83 3.88 $16.62 $34,570
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 260 5.50 3.66 $18.05 $37,550
Dalton, GA 280 4.44 2.95 $14.11 $29,350
Jefferson City, MO 290 4.11 2.73 $15.58 $32,400
York-Hanover, PA 690 4.10 2.72 $17.43 $36,260




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Napa, CA 50 0.80 0.53 $22.83 $47,480
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 110 1.01 0.67 $22.64 $47,090
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.18 0.78 $22.63 $47,080
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 170 2.01 1.34 $22.01 $45,770
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 200 0.64 0.42 $22.00 $45,760
Lawrence, KS 320 6.90 4.59 $21.56 $44,840
Anchorage, AK 110 0.65 0.43 $21.53 $44,780
Greeley, CO 80 1.06 0.70 $20.96 $43,590
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 400 1.86 1.24 $20.91 $43,490
Honolulu, HI 430 1.02 0.68 $20.84 $43,350

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 800 2.11 1.40 $12.49 $25,990
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 720 3.75 2.49 $16.85 $35,040
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 680 4.01 2.67 $16.89 $35,130
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 570 3.07 2.04 $14.95 $31,090
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 510 4.43 2.94 $16.07 $33,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 510 4.43 2.94 $16.07 $33,430
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 380 4.28 2.85 $15.23 $31,680
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 680 4.01 2.67 $16.89 $35,130
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 720 3.75 2.49 $16.85 $35,040
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 400 3.44 2.29 $15.73 $32,720

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Central Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 1.63 1.08 $20.78 $43,230
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 1.91 1.27 $19.84 $41,270
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 130 0.94 0.63 $19.02 $39,560
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.90 $39,300
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.76 $39,020


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011