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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

51-5111 Prepress Technicians and Workers

Format and proof text and images submitted by designers and clients into finished pages that can be printed. Includes digital and photo typesetting. May produce printing plates.


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)
30,270 2.6 % $20.45 $42,540 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.26 $15.31 $19.48 $24.57 $30.09
Annual Wage (2) $25,500 $31,850 $40,510 $51,100 $62,590


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 17,810 4.15 $20.31 $42,250
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,070 1.01 $19.23 $40,000
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,140 0.79 $21.43 $44,560
Plastics Product Manufacturing 840 0.14 $19.26 $40,070
Specialized Design Services 750 0.52 $21.51 $44,730

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 17,810 4.15 $20.31 $42,250
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,070 1.01 $19.23 $40,000
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,140 0.79 $21.43 $44,560
Specialized Design Services 750 0.52 $21.51 $44,730
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 50 0.38 $21.58 $44,880

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) 210 0.01 $41.09 $85,470
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40 (7) $26.71 $55,550
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 30 (7) $24.91 $51,820
Other Personal Services (8) (8) $24.80 $51,590
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 50 (7) $24.57 $51,110


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 3,470 0.20 0.97 $20.41 $42,460
Texas 1,960 0.16 0.77 $18.15 $37,750
Ohio 1,760 0.32 1.57 $20.22 $42,060
Illinois 1,610 0.27 1.30 $21.23 $44,160
Wisconsin 1,570 0.55 2.65 $18.63 $38,750




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 1,570 0.55 2.65 $18.63 $38,750
Minnesota 1,190 0.41 2.00 $24.30 $50,550
Missouri 1,030 0.37 1.77 $19.24 $40,030
Kansas 510 0.37 1.78 $16.33 $33,970
Iowa 540 0.35 1.68 $18.35 $38,160




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 220 0.31 1.50 $40.69 $84,640
Delaware 40 0.10 0.47 $26.80 $55,740
New Jersey 1,200 0.29 1.43 $24.68 $51,330
Minnesota 1,190 0.41 2.00 $24.30 $50,550
Vermont 100 0.32 1.53 $22.84 $47,510





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,180 0.35 1.70 $19.82 $41,220
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,700 0.18 0.85 $24.97 $51,930
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,270 0.27 1.31 $21.87 $45,490
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 780 0.40 1.92 $26.34 $54,800
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 720 0.67 3.24 $20.78 $43,210
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 720 0.20 0.95 $19.35 $40,240
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 690 0.25 1.19 $23.45 $48,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 670 0.21 1.02 $28.71 $59,710
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 650 0.23 1.10 $23.60 $49,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 620 0.23 1.10 $20.45 $42,530




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)
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 230 2.38 11.57 $18.79 $39,080
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 100 1.90 9.21 (8) (8)
Green Bay, WI 220 1.26 6.11 $19.93 $41,460
Leominster-Gardner, MA 70 1.24 6.00 $20.88 $43,440
Ames, IA 60 1.23 5.95 $22.34 $46,460
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 80 1.06 5.12 $15.29 $31,810
Lebanon, PA 40 0.82 3.99 $17.63 $36,670
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 30 0.69 3.36 $23.22 $48,300
Las Cruces, NM 50 0.68 3.31 $22.21 $46,200
Lancaster, PA 170 0.67 3.23 $22.37 $46,520




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 670 0.21 1.02 $28.71 $59,710
Trenton, NJ 60 0.24 1.16 $26.89 $55,930
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 780 0.40 1.92 $26.34 $54,800
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 220 0.09 0.43 $25.53 $53,090
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,700 0.18 0.85 $24.97 $51,930
Boulder, CO 30 0.17 0.85 $24.94 $51,880
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 80 0.62 3.02 $24.18 $50,280
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 650 0.23 1.10 $23.60 $49,090
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 160 0.11 0.52 $23.58 $49,050
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 690 0.25 1.19 $23.45 $48,770

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 250 0.63 3.06 $13.87 $28,840
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 0.94 4.55 $18.40 $38,270
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 1.17 5.67 $21.08 $43,850
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.48 2.34 $17.37 $36,130
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.59 2.84 $16.49 $34,300

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 1.17 5.67 $21.08 $43,850
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 0.94 4.55 $18.40 $38,270
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.70 3.39 $14.19 $29,520
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 250 0.63 3.06 $13.87 $28,840
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.60 2.90 $16.80 $34,940

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 1.25 $25.89 $53,860
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 1.17 5.67 $21.08 $43,850
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.69 $43,040
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 1.97 $20.06 $41,720
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.39 $19.77 $41,120


About May 2019 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020