Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

51-5111 Prepress Technicians and Workers

Format and proof text and images submitted by designers and clients into finished pages that can be printed. Includes digital and photo typesetting. May produce printing plates.


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)
35,330 2.1 % $19.26 $40,060 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.92 $14.24 $18.40 $23.37 $28.89
Annual Wage (2) $22,710 $29,610 $38,270 $48,610 $60,090


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 20,700 4.58 $19.61 $40,790
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 5,440 1.36 $18.30 $38,060
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,260 0.84 $19.56 $40,680
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 1,020 0.21 $21.59 $44,900
Employment Services 560 0.02 $15.32 $31,870

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 20,700 4.58 $19.61 $40,790
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 5,440 1.36 $18.30 $38,060
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,260 0.84 $19.56 $40,680
Sound Recording Industries 80 0.47 $18.78 $39,070
Specialized Design Services 520 0.40 $16.56 $34,440

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) 210 0.01 $38.45 $79,980
Local Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $26.16 $54,420
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 50 (7) $21.84 $45,430
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 1,020 0.21 $21.59 $44,900
Other Information Services 80 0.03 $21.43 $44,580


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 3,740 0.24 0.94 $20.94 $43,550
New York 2,240 0.25 0.97 $21.68 $45,100
Ohio 2,090 0.40 1.54 $18.25 $37,960
Pennsylvania 1,830 0.32 1.25 $17.15 $35,660
Texas 1,760 0.15 0.59 $20.48 $42,590



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 1,710 0.62 2.41 $19.13 $39,800
Minnesota 1,570 0.57 2.21 $21.75 $45,240
Ohio 2,090 0.40 1.54 $18.25 $37,960
Kansas 540 0.39 1.54 $16.58 $34,480
Missouri 1,040 0.38 1.50 $20.20 $42,010



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 230 0.33 1.31 $36.07 $75,030
Rhode Island 110 0.23 0.88 $23.41 $48,700
Connecticut 390 0.23 0.91 $22.56 $46,920
New Hampshire 130 0.20 0.78 $22.09 $45,950
Massachusetts 1,030 0.30 1.18 $22.07 $45,900




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,480 0.23 0.89 $24.82 $51,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.29 1.11 $21.23 $44,160
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,090 0.58 2.27 $23.29 $48,450
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 930 0.26 1.01 $20.25 $42,110
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 710 0.69 2.70 $18.90 $39,320
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 670 0.44 1.71 $21.01 $43,690
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 630 0.27 1.05 $22.09 $45,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 590 0.24 0.96 $24.99 $51,970
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 580 0.70 2.74 $19.59 $40,750
Kansas City, MO-KS 550 0.53 2.09 $19.98 $41,560



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)
Green Bay, WI 350 2.06 8.05 $18.76 $39,020
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 70 1.46 5.71 $22.91 $47,660
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 100 1.14 4.44 $21.26 $44,220
Lynchburg, VA 100 1.04 4.05 $18.36 $38,190
Appleton, WI 120 1.00 3.91 $19.79 $41,160
Ames, IA 40 0.89 3.49 $17.66 $36,730
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 60 0.86 3.37 $17.28 $35,940
Lancaster, PA 190 0.84 3.28 $19.41 $40,370
York-Hanover, PA 140 0.81 3.17 $17.60 $36,600
Leominster-Gardner, MA 40 0.79 3.07 $21.12 $43,920



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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 420 0.24 0.93 $25.67 $53,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 590 0.24 0.96 $24.99 $51,970
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,480 0.23 0.89 $24.82 $51,630
Binghamton, NY (8) (8) (8) $24.40 $50,750
Springfield, MO 70 0.37 1.45 $23.85 $49,600
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.10 0.39 $23.76 $49,420
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 170 0.17 0.68 $23.69 $49,280
New Haven, CT 90 0.33 1.28 $23.67 $49,240
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,090 0.58 2.27 $23.29 $48,450
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 130 0.23 0.91 $22.97 $47,770

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 190 0.88 3.44 $17.49 $36,380
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 1.03 4.00 $18.68 $38,850
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.48 1.87 $16.34 $33,980
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 2.17 $18.43 $38,320
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.44 1.74 $15.40 $32,020

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 120 1.03 4.00 $18.68 $38,850
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 190 0.88 3.44 $17.49 $36,380
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.80 3.11 $14.23 $29,610
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.68 2.66 $17.12 $35,620
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 2.40 $19.24 $40,020

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.85 $43,370
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.82 $43,310
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.37 $40,280
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 2.40 $19.24 $40,020
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 1.57 $18.74 $38,980


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016