Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
168,330 1.2 % $17.80 $37,020 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.84 $12.79 $16.94 $21.93 $27.31
Annual Wage (2) $20,460 $26,590 $35,240 $45,610 $56,800


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 100,390 22.21 $17.76 $36,930
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 13,560 3.38 $18.89 $39,280
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 12,030 4.47 $19.19 $39,910
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,210 1.50 $16.81 $34,970
Plastics Product Manufacturing 4,520 0.82 $17.22 $35,820

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 100,390 22.21 $17.76 $36,930
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 12,030 4.47 $19.19 $39,910
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 13,560 3.38 $18.89 $39,280
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 840 2.60 $14.64 $30,460
Specialized Design Services 2,560 1.95 $16.95 $35,250

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) 530 0.03 $44.94 $93,470
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $25.18 $52,370
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing (8) (8) $24.93 $51,840
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 90 0.02 $23.11 $48,070
Educational Support Services 40 0.02 $22.67 $47,160


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 15,610 1.01 0.83 $17.57 $36,550
Texas 10,370 0.90 0.73 $17.64 $36,690
Illinois 10,100 1.73 1.41 $18.88 $39,260
Pennsylvania 9,080 1.59 1.30 $18.19 $37,830
Ohio 8,680 1.64 1.35 $17.32 $36,020



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 7,770 2.80 2.30 $18.68 $38,850
Minnesota 5,710 2.06 1.69 $19.89 $41,370
Kansas 2,770 2.02 1.65 $19.51 $40,590
Missouri 4,990 1.84 1.51 $18.02 $37,470
South Dakota 720 1.74 1.42 $15.86 $32,980



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 530 0.79 0.64 $38.89 $80,890
New Jersey 4,720 1.21 0.99 $21.20 $44,090
Massachusetts 3,970 1.17 0.96 $20.91 $43,490
Delaware 350 0.80 0.66 $20.54 $42,730
Alaska 120 0.37 0.30 $20.52 $42,680




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-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,710 1.88 1.54 $18.98 $39,490
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,820 0.90 0.74 $20.25 $42,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,640 1.37 1.13 $17.14 $35,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,920 2.08 1.71 $20.50 $42,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,560 1.43 1.17 $18.55 $38,590
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,550 1.09 0.90 $19.22 $39,980
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,490 1.63 1.34 $16.40 $34,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,460 0.84 0.69 $16.91 $35,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,420 1.00 0.82 $23.93 $49,770
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 2,300 2.24 1.83 $18.41 $38,300