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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
173,430 1.4 % $18.80 $39,100 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.46 $13.86 $17.74 $22.79 $28.24
Annual Wage (2) $23,830 $28,840 $36,910 $47,400 $58,740


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 106,230 24.72 $18.65 $38,800
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 11,440 4.21 $20.29 $42,210
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 9,260 3.04 $19.68 $40,930
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,160 1.46 $19.05 $39,620
Plastics Product Manufacturing 5,640 0.95 $18.69 $38,870

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 106,230 24.72 $18.65 $38,800
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 11,440 4.21 $20.29 $42,210
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 9,260 3.04 $19.68 $40,930
Other Textile Product Mills 1,860 2.86 $15.86 $32,980
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 320 2.73 $19.64 $40,860

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) 550 0.03 $47.19 $98,160
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $33.63 $69,950
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only) 40 (7) $25.81 $53,680
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 580 0.01 $25.27 $52,550
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 80 0.02 $24.80 $51,590


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 14,860 0.86 0.72 $19.16 $39,860
Texas 10,600 0.85 0.72 $19.57 $40,710
Illinois 10,260 1.70 1.44 $19.55 $40,670
New York 9,460 0.99 0.84 $20.03 $41,650
Wisconsin 9,370 3.26 2.77 $18.72 $38,930




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 9,370 3.26 2.77 $18.72 $38,930
Kansas 3,470 2.49 2.11 $16.82 $34,990
Minnesota 6,180 2.14 1.82 $21.41 $44,520
Kentucky 3,910 2.06 1.74 $18.04 $37,530
Nebraska 1,840 1.88 1.59 $16.84 $35,020




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 490 0.68 0.58 $40.98 $85,230
Alaska 150 0.49 0.41 $22.45 $46,690
New Jersey 3,930 0.96 0.81 $22.12 $46,010
Rhode Island 420 0.86 0.73 $22.02 $45,810
Minnesota 6,180 2.14 1.82 $21.41 $44,520





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-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,270 1.77 1.50 $20.11 $41,830
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,790 0.81 0.68 $22.02 $45,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,120 1.14 0.97 $18.52 $38,520
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,870 1.33 1.13 $21.74 $45,210
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,250 2.16 1.83 $22.48 $46,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,970 1.45 1.23 $18.63 $38,750
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,860 1.34 1.14 $20.95 $43,580
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 3,240 3.78 3.20 $18.11 $37,670
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,570 1.87 1.59 $21.20 $44,100
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,470 0.88 0.75 $20.56 $42,770