Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
166,750 1.2 % $17.64 $36,700 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.85 $12.80 $16.87 $21.64 $26.79
Annual Wage (2) $20,490 $26,620 $35,100 $45,020 $55,720


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 98,510 21.61 $17.59 $36,590
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 14,510 3.45 $18.23 $37,910
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 12,990 4.83 $18.92 $39,360
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 6,800 1.44 $17.02 $35,400
Plastics Product Manufacturing 4,460 0.83 $17.19 $35,760

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 98,510 21.61 $17.59 $36,590
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 12,990 4.83 $18.92 $39,360
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 14,510 3.45 $18.23 $37,910
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 1,010 3.15 $15.25 $31,720
Specialized Design Services 2,420 1.92 $16.21 $33,710

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) 560 0.03 $43.59 $90,660
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $25.97 $54,030
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing (8) (8) $25.12 $52,260
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 50 0.01 $23.95 $49,820
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 30 (7) $23.17 $48,200


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 14,800 0.98 0.79 $17.93 $37,290
Illinois 10,030 1.74 1.41 $18.92 $39,360
Texas 9,900 0.88 0.71 $17.78 $36,990
Ohio 9,370 1.80 1.46 $16.88 $35,110
Pennsylvania 9,340 1.65 1.34 $17.55 $36,510



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 7,370 2.70 2.19 $18.78 $39,060
Kansas 2,900 2.13 1.73 $17.95 $37,340
Minnesota 5,410 1.98 1.61 $19.67 $40,910
Missouri 4,950 1.85 1.50 $17.40 $36,190
Ohio 9,370 1.80 1.46 $16.88 $35,110



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 650 0.97 0.78 $38.79 $80,690
Alaska 130 0.41 0.33 $22.69 $47,190
New Jersey 4,610 1.19 0.97 $21.66 $45,050
Delaware 380 0.89 0.72 $20.00 $41,590
Minnesota 5,410 1.98 1.61 $19.67 $40,910




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 7,010 1.87 1.51 $19.40 $40,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,360 1.32 1.07 $17.26 $35,900
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,280 0.98 0.79 $20.61 $42,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,620 1.98 1.61 $20.20 $42,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,320 1.39 1.13 $18.15 $37,750
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,590 1.16 0.94 $18.59 $38,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,530 1.06 0.86 $24.52 $51,000
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 2,470 2.44 1.98 $17.73 $36,880
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,290 1.54 1.25 $17.02 $35,410
Kansas City, MO-KS 2,280 2.27 1.84 $19.62 $40,820