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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
169,910 1.3 % $18.01 $37,460 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.15 $12.91 $17.08 $22.23 $27.70
Annual Wage (2) $21,120 $26,860 $35,530 $46,250 $57,610


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 100,670 22.30 $18.01 $37,460
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 12,070 3.19 $19.23 $39,990
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 11,910 4.41 $19.50 $40,560
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,610 1.57 $16.67 $34,680
Plastics Product Manufacturing 4,820 0.86 $17.98 $37,390

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 100,670 22.30 $18.01 $37,460
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 11,910 4.41 $19.50 $40,560
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 12,070 3.19 $19.23 $39,990
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 830 2.77 $15.44 $32,110
Apparel Knitting Mills 290 2.34 $10.30 $21,420

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) 570 0.03 $44.16 $91,860
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 90 0.02 $24.32 $50,590
Educational Support Services 40 0.02 $23.39 $48,650
Local Government (OES Designation) 670 0.01 $22.35 $46,500
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $22.34 $46,470


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 15,340 0.96 0.79 $18.11 $37,670
Texas 10,350 0.88 0.73 $17.96 $37,360
Illinois 9,360 1.59 1.31 $20.40 $42,430
Pennsylvania 9,260 1.61 1.33 $18.08 $37,600
New York 8,960 0.98 0.81 $19.16 $39,850




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 8,010 2.86 2.36 $18.41 $38,300
Minnesota 6,320 2.25 1.86 $20.85 $43,360
Missouri 5,600 2.03 1.68 $19.07 $39,660
Kansas 2,730 1.99 1.64 $17.74 $36,890
Nebraska 1,720 1.78 1.47 $16.63 $34,590




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 550 0.78 0.64 $39.71 $82,600
Alaska 130 0.40 0.33 $22.21 $46,200
New Jersey 4,560 1.15 0.95 $21.13 $43,960
Massachusetts 4,040 1.17 0.96 $20.98 $43,630
Minnesota 6,320 2.25 1.86 $20.85 $43,360





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 6,120 1.68 1.39 $20.80 $43,270
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,880 0.89 0.74 $20.89 $43,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,270 1.25 1.03 $17.79 $36,990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,330 2.27 1.87 $21.49 $44,690
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,820 1.50 1.24 $17.75 $36,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,590 1.04 0.86 $23.70 $49,290
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,480 1.02 0.84 $20.82 $43,300
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,470 1.84 1.52 $18.94 $39,400
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,420 1.55 1.28 $17.95 $37,340
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 2,330 1.84 1.52 $14.51 $30,180