Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
29,990 2.4 % $20.31 $42,240 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.99 $15.17 $19.43 $24.53 $30.01
Annual Wage (2) $24,940 $31,560 $40,410 $51,010 $62,420


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 17,500 4.03 $20.35 $42,330
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,770 1.13 $18.47 $38,430
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,200 0.82 $21.25 $44,200
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 870 0.18 $21.83 $45,410
Plastics Product Manufacturing 740 0.13 $19.42 $40,400

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 17,500 4.03 $20.35 $42,330
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,770 1.13 $18.47 $38,430
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,200 0.82 $21.25 $44,200
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 60 0.49 $19.72 $41,010
Sound Recording Industries 60 0.34 $21.96 $45,690

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 $41.00 $85,280
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40 (7) $27.03 $56,220
Other Personal Services (8) (8) $26.83 $55,810
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 40 (7) $25.00 $52,000
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 30 0.01 $23.58 $49,050


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 2,810 0.17 0.80 $20.51 $42,670
Texas 1,910 0.16 0.76 $18.74 $38,980
Ohio 1,770 0.33 1.58 $19.61 $40,800
New York 1,690 0.18 0.87 $22.05 $45,860
Wisconsin 1,460 0.51 2.48 $18.73 $38,950




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 1,460 0.51 2.48 $18.73 $38,950
Minnesota 1,410 0.49 2.38 $23.08 $48,000
Kansas 650 0.47 2.29 $16.01 $33,300
Iowa 620 0.40 1.94 $17.27 $35,930
Missouri 1,020 0.36 1.75 $18.93 $39,380




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 230 0.33 1.57 $40.44 $84,120
New Jersey 1,220 0.30 1.46 $25.76 $53,580
Delaware 40 0.10 0.46 $24.53 $51,020
Illinois 1,370 0.23 1.11 $23.13 $48,110
Minnesota 1,410 0.49 2.38 $23.08 $48,000





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,850 0.20 0.94 $24.99 $51,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,580 0.26 1.25 $20.22 $42,060
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,050 0.23 1.09 $24.17 $50,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,000 0.51 2.48 $24.50 $50,960
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 710 0.20 0.96 $19.54 $40,640
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 650 0.23 1.11 $22.74 $47,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 610 0.20 0.95 $28.53 $59,350
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 510 0.18 0.89 $22.39 $46,560
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 500 0.47 2.27 $21.31 $44,320
St. Louis, MO-IL 490 0.36 1.72 $18.95 $39,420




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 80 1.91 9.21 $16.75 $34,830
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 140 1.47 7.09 $15.20 $31,610
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 90 1.21 5.83 $14.11 $29,350
Leominster-Gardner, MA 60 1.10 5.31 $18.25 $37,970
Lebanon, PA 40 0.87 4.18 $17.11 $35,580
Appleton, WI 100 0.85 4.09 $20.47 $42,570
Green Bay, WI 140 0.83 3.99 $18.26 $37,980
Joplin, MO 60 0.79 3.80 $15.88 $33,040
Lancaster, PA 160 0.66 3.17 $22.26 $46,300
York-Hanover, PA 120 0.65 3.14 $20.33 $42,280




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 610 0.20 0.95 $28.53 $59,350
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,850 0.20 0.94 $24.99 $51,970
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 0.08 0.40 $24.54 $51,030
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,000 0.51 2.48 $24.50 $50,960
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,050 0.23 1.09 $24.17 $50,270
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 50 0.39 1.86 $23.73 $49,370
New Haven, CT 70 0.25 1.19 $23.42 $48,720
Monroe, LA 30 0.42 2.05 $22.92 $47,670
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 650 0.23 1.11 $22.74 $47,310
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 270 0.22 1.08 $22.70 $47,210

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 270 0.70 3.37 $13.81 $28,720
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 0.80 3.84 $17.77 $36,970
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 0.60 2.92 $17.37 $36,130
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.28 6.16 $19.50 $40,560
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.64 3.11 $15.49 $32,220

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 140 1.28 6.16 $19.50 $40,560
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 0.80 3.84 $17.77 $36,970
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.79 3.83 $18.80 $39,100
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.71 3.44 $14.08 $29,280
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 270 0.70 3.37 $13.81 $28,720

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 50 0.37 1.81 $23.03 $47,890
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.52 2.52 $21.79 $45,320
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 0.93 $20.96 $43,590
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.19 $20.52 $42,670
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.26 $42,140


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019