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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
171,130 1.2 % $18.20 $37,860 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.49 $13.10 $17.19 $22.42 $27.93
Annual Wage (2) $21,820 $27,240 $35,760 $46,630 $58,090


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 102,530 23.08 $18.08 $37,600
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 12,410 4.61 $19.30 $40,150
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 11,160 3.15 $19.67 $40,910
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,240 1.46 $17.36 $36,120
Plastics Product Manufacturing 5,310 0.92 $18.22 $37,900

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 102,530 23.08 $18.08 $37,600
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 12,410 4.61 $19.30 $40,150
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 450 3.56 $15.84 $32,940
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 11,160 3.15 $19.67 $40,910
Other Textile Product Mills 1,560 2.45 $14.94 $31,080

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 $45.90 $95,470
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 110 0.03 $24.09 $50,100
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 660 0.01 $23.37 $48,620
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 80 0.03 $21.34 $44,390
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 50 0.01 $21.16 $44,010


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 14,500 0.87 0.72 $18.15 $37,760
Texas 10,540 0.89 0.74 $17.89 $37,210
Pennsylvania 10,190 1.76 1.47 $18.76 $39,020
Illinois 9,480 1.60 1.33 $20.40 $42,430
Ohio 9,120 1.70 1.41 $17.04 $35,430




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 8,790 3.11 2.59 $18.12 $37,700
Kansas 3,050 2.22 1.85 $16.12 $33,530
Minnesota 6,250 2.20 1.83 $20.94 $43,550
Missouri 5,450 1.96 1.63 $19.47 $40,500
Nebraska 1,870 1.93 1.61 $16.75 $34,830




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 560 0.79 0.65 $40.31 $83,840
Alaska 150 0.48 0.40 $23.66 $49,210
Hawaii 270 0.43 0.36 $21.78 $45,300
New Hampshire 900 1.39 1.16 $21.51 $44,740
Massachusetts 3,740 1.06 0.88 $21.16 $44,010



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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 5,800 1.58 1.32 $20.68 $43,020
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,230 0.78 0.65 $21.54 $44,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,870 1.10 0.92 $17.86 $37,140
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,300 2.22 1.85 $21.92 $45,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,760 1.43 1.19 $18.21 $37,880
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,010 1.21 1.01 $19.17 $39,860
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 2,670 3.17 2.64 $18.75 $39,000
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,500 1.84 1.54 $20.64 $42,920
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 2,400 1.88 1.56 $15.80 $32,860
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 2,400 2.32 1.94 $20.61 $42,870


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lawrence, KS 520 10.51 8.76 $15.60 $32,440
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 450 8.51 7.09 $19.28 $40,100
Dalton, GA 560 8.42 7.02 $12.15 $25,280
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 630 6.64 5.53 $20.05 $41,700
Appleton, WI 730 5.89 4.90 $15.09 $31,390
Pittsfield, MA 210 5.16 4.30 $20.27 $42,170
Green Bay, WI 860 4.97 4.14 $19.36 $40,280
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 360 4.84 4.03 $18.05 $37,540
Terre Haute, IN 310 4.60 3.83 $13.42 $27,920
Gettysburg, PA 140 4.11 3.43 $19.90 $41,380