Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
166,620 1.1 % $17.48 $36,350 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.76 $12.72 $16.79 $21.40 $26.42
Annual Wage (2) $20,300 $26,470 $34,920 $44,510 $54,950


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 99,420 21.78 $17.45 $36,300
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 14,790 3.37 $18.18 $37,810
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 12,710 4.70 $18.56 $38,600
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 5,960 1.34 $16.00 $33,290
Plastics Product Manufacturing 4,680 0.89 $17.13 $35,640

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 99,420 21.78 $17.45 $36,300
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 12,710 4.70 $18.56 $38,600
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 14,790 3.37 $18.18 $37,810
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 1,030 3.16 $15.29 $31,800
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 430 2.32 $17.10 $35,570

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) 600 0.03 $42.99 $89,410
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $24.97 $51,940
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 60 0.01 $23.50 $48,880
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 100 0.10 $23.05 $47,950
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 130 0.03 $22.27 $46,320


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 14,660 1.00 0.79 $17.53 $36,470
Illinois 10,550 1.85 1.47 $18.50 $38,490
Pennsylvania 9,780 1.74 1.39 $17.24 $35,860
Ohio 9,390 1.83 1.46 $16.83 $35,000
Texas 9,260 0.85 0.68 $17.44 $36,270




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 8,470 3.13 2.49 $18.18 $37,820
Kansas 2,910 2.17 1.73 $16.83 $35,010
Minnesota 5,290 1.97 1.57 $19.48 $40,520
Nebraska 1,790 1.93 1.53 $16.06 $33,410
Illinois 10,550 1.85 1.47 $18.50 $38,490




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 750 1.13 0.90 $35.44 $73,710
Alaska 140 0.43 0.34 $21.95 $45,650
New Jersey 4,650 1.22 0.97 $21.14 $43,980
Maryland 2,350 0.93 0.74 $20.20 $42,010
Massachusetts 3,180 0.98 0.78 $20.04 $41,690





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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 7,520 2.03 1.62 $18.85 $39,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,560 1.40 1.11 $17.44 $36,270
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,170 0.99 0.79 $20.03 $41,670
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,360 1.88 1.49 $20.43 $42,490
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,920 1.27 1.01 $18.65 $38,800
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 2,760 3.39 2.70 $17.72 $36,850
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,750 1.28 1.02 $17.06 $35,480
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,670 1.45 1.16 $19.31 $40,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,550 1.08 0.86 $24.93 $51,850
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 2,370 2.38 1.89 $18.49 $38,460