Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
31,500 2.3 % $20.08 $41,770 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.84 $14.98 $19.19 $24.37 $29.76
Annual Wage (2) $24,630 $31,160 $39,910 $50,700 $61,900


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 18,840 4.24 $20.25 $42,120
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,020 1.13 $18.68 $38,850
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,170 0.81 $20.69 $43,030
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 850 0.17 $21.01 $43,710
Plastics Product Manufacturing 690 0.12 $19.68 $40,930

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 18,840 4.24 $20.25 $42,120
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,020 1.13 $18.68 $38,850
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,170 0.81 $20.69 $43,030
Sound Recording Industries 90 0.51 $19.99 $41,580
Specialized Design Services 450 0.32 $20.01 $41,630

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) 220 0.01 $40.16 $83,530
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40 (7) $28.44 $59,160
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 90 0.01 $23.74 $49,380
Other Personal Services (8) (8) $23.68 $49,260
Insurance Carriers 70 0.01 $22.05 $45,870


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 3,070 0.18 0.83 $21.47 $44,660
New York 1,890 0.21 0.93 $21.70 $45,130
Ohio 1,790 0.33 1.50 $19.02 $39,560
Texas 1,780 0.15 0.68 $19.42 $40,390
Wisconsin 1,680 0.60 2.69 $19.16 $39,860




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 1,680 0.60 2.69 $19.16 $39,860
Minnesota 1,470 0.52 2.34 $22.67 $47,160
Kansas 680 0.50 2.25 $14.84 $30,870
Missouri 1,080 0.39 1.75 $19.39 $40,320
Maryland 940 0.35 1.60 $20.91 $43,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,300 0.32 1.46 $25.07 $52,150
Delaware 30 0.08 0.35 $24.72 $51,430
Minnesota 1,470 0.52 2.34 $22.67 $47,160
Massachusetts 860 0.24 1.11 $22.07 $45,910
Vermont 70 0.25 1.11 $21.74 $45,210



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.17 0.79 $25.58 $53,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.24 1.11 $21.87 $45,480
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,050 0.54 2.46 $23.68 $49,250
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 670 0.18 0.83 $23.02 $47,880
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 620 0.25 1.12 $20.69 $43,030
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 570 0.42 1.89 $21.10 $43,880
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 530 0.63 2.84 $21.37 $44,440
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 510 0.50 2.26 $19.06 $39,640
St. Louis, MO-IL 510 0.37 1.69 $19.63 $40,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 470 0.19 0.85 $30.13 $62,680


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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)
Ames, IA 70 1.56 7.05 $17.40 $36,190
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 110 1.42 6.44 $15.70 $32,660
Appleton, WI 160 1.27 5.72 $20.29 $42,200
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 50 1.13 5.13 $14.60 $30,370
Green Bay, WI 190 1.12 5.06 $17.61 $36,630
Leominster-Gardner, MA 50 0.91 4.10 $17.60 $36,620
Lynchburg, VA 90 0.88 3.97 $18.91 $39,330
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 90 0.86 3.90 $21.51 $44,740
Lancaster, PA 190 0.79 3.59 $21.89 $45,530
York-Hanover, PA 140 0.78 3.52 $17.29 $35,970


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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 Metropolitan Division 470 0.19 0.85 $30.13 $62,680
Trenton, NJ 90 0.41 1.83 $27.68 $57,570
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.17 0.79 $25.58 $53,200
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 40 0.27 1.21 $25.39 $52,810
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.10 0.44 $25.15 $52,320
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 230 0.43 1.97 $25.06 $52,120
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 50 0.22 0.99 $23.94 $49,790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,050 0.54 2.46 $23.68 $49,250
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 380 0.32 1.46 $23.65 $49,200
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 40 0.54 2.42 $23.64 $49,160

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)
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 220 1.86 8.40 $13.62 $28,320
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 180 0.86 3.90 $17.19 $35,750
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 150 0.68 3.06 $21.31 $44,330
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.55 2.48 $17.19 $35,750
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.49 2.21 $15.26 $31,740

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)
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 220 1.86 8.40 $13.62 $28,320
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 110 1.06 4.80 $17.47 $36,350
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 180 0.86 3.90 $17.19 $35,750
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 150 0.68 3.06 $21.31 $44,330
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.55 2.48 $17.19 $35,750

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 2.19 $23.44 $48,750
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.95 $21.89 $45,520
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.45 $21.89 $45,520
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 150 0.68 3.06 $21.31 $44,330
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.90 $41,400


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018