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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Printing Press Operators
Industry profile for Printing Press Operators
Geographic profile for Printing Press Operators

National estimates for Printing Press Operators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Printing Press Operators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
145,290 1.2 % $ 19.77 $ 41,120 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Printing Press Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.41 $ 14.50 $ 18.16 $ 22.91 $ 28.76
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,890 $ 30,160 $ 37,770 $ 47,640 $ 59,830


Industry profile for Printing Press Operators:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Printing Press Operators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Printing Press Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Printing Press Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Printing and Related Support Activities 83,600 22.71 $ 20.07 $ 41,740
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 11,490 4.40 $ 21.82 $ 45,380
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,150 1.64 $ 16.91 $ 35,160
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 6,840 2.76 $ 19.79 $ 41,170
Plastics Product Manufacturing 4,750 0.81 $ 19.93 $ 41,450

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Printing Press Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Printing and Related Support Activities 83,600 22.71 $ 20.07 $ 41,740
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 11,490 4.40 $ 21.82 $ 45,380
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 410 3.90 $ 17.15 $ 35,680
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 700 2.91 $ 15.20 $ 31,610
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 6,840 2.76 $ 19.79 $ 41,170

Top paying industries for Printing Press Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 550 0.03 $ 50.70 $ 105,450
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $ 33.72 $ 70,140
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 80 0.02 $ 30.13 $ 62,670
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $ 28.57 $ 59,430
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 390 0.08 $ 27.20 $ 56,580


Geographic profile for Printing Press Operators:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Printing Press Operators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Printing Press Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of printing press operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Printing Press Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 12,240 0.74 0.72 $ 21.19 $ 44,060
Illinois 9,330 1.66 1.61 $ 19.50 $ 40,560
Texas 8,460 0.69 0.67 $ 18.89 $ 39,290
Ohio 7,980 1.53 1.49 $ 18.97 $ 39,450
Pennsylvania 7,390 1.32 1.28 $ 20.55 $ 42,740


Map of location quotient of printing press operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Printing Press Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 7,310 2.66 2.57 $ 21.42 $ 44,560
Minnesota 6,250 2.29 2.22 $ 21.23 $ 44,160
Kansas 2,600 1.94 1.88 $ 18.22 $ 37,890
Nebraska 1,760 1.84 1.78 $ 18.60 $ 38,700
Kentucky 3,170 1.73 1.67 $ 18.01 $ 37,460


Map of annual mean wages of printing press operators by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Printing Press Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 410 0.62 0.60 $ 43.24 $ 89,940
Washington 2,490 0.78 0.75 $ 22.79 $ 47,410
New York 6,900 0.80 0.77 $ 22.78 $ 47,390
New Jersey 3,070 0.80 0.77 $ 22.65 $ 47,110
Massachusetts 2,600 0.77 0.74 $ 22.22 $ 46,220



Map of employment of printing press operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Printing Press Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,790 1.84 1.79 $ 19.64 $ 40,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,990 1.05 1.02 $ 20.93 $ 43,540
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,740 0.66 0.64 $ 24.22 $ 50,370
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,240 2.33 2.26 $ 21.97 $ 45,700
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,680 1.02 0.99 $ 20.76 $ 43,180
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,990 1.13 1.09 $ 21.58 $ 44,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,700 1.04 1.01 $ 19.45 $ 40,450
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 2,420 3.08 2.99 $ 22.14 $ 46,050
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 2,040 1.99 1.93 $ 19.12 $ 39,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,990 0.68 0.66 $ 27.33 $ 56,850


Map of location quotient of printing press operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Printing Press Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lawrence, KS 470 10.31 10.00 $ 17.62 $ 36,660
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 360 6.98 6.76 $ 21.72 $ 45,170
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 580 6.47 6.27 $ 22.01 $ 45,770
Green Bay, WI 1,040 6.32 6.13 $ 21.59 $ 44,900
Ames, IA 200 4.59 4.45 $ 19.29 $ 40,120
Dalton, GA 280 4.54 4.40 $ 16.31 $ 33,920
Walla Walla, WA 120 4.52 4.38 $ 18.75 $ 39,010
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 320 4.40 4.27 $ 18.91 $ 39,330
Gettysburg, PA 130 4.11 3.99 $ 21.18 $ 44,040
Harrisonburg, VA 230 3.77 3.66 $ 18.36 $ 38,190