Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
33,340 2.2 % $19.54 $40,640 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.37 $14.55 $18.72 $23.89 $29.13
Annual Wage (2) $23,650 $30,270 $38,930 $49,680 $60,590


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 20,180 4.47 $19.75 $41,080
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,540 1.20 $18.39 $38,240
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,280 0.85 $20.13 $41,860
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 900 0.18 $20.71 $43,090
Plastics Product Manufacturing 620 0.11 $19.61 $40,780

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 20,180 4.47 $19.75 $41,080
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,540 1.20 $18.39 $38,240
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,280 0.85 $20.13 $41,860
Sound Recording Industries 90 0.50 $18.94 $39,400
Specialized Design Services 450 0.33 $17.72 $36,850

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 $39.01 $81,150
Local Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $27.14 $56,460
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 40 (7) $22.70 $47,210
Insurance Carriers 90 0.01 $21.91 $45,580
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 190 0.01 $21.54 $44,800


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 3,220 0.20 0.85 $21.05 $43,790
New York 2,120 0.23 0.98 $20.60 $42,840
Texas 1,950 0.17 0.70 $20.09 $41,790
Minnesota 1,810 0.64 2.71 $21.35 $44,410
Ohio 1,760 0.33 1.39 $18.60 $38,690




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)
Minnesota 1,810 0.64 2.71 $21.35 $44,410
Wisconsin 1,720 0.61 2.58 $19.07 $39,660
Missouri 1,110 0.40 1.70 $19.11 $39,750
Kansas 550 0.40 1.67 $16.54 $34,410
New Jersey 1,410 0.36 1.50 $22.76 $47,350




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 1,410 0.36 1.50 $22.76 $47,350
Delaware 30 0.08 0.32 $22.77 $47,350
Connecticut 380 0.23 0.95 $21.96 $45,670
Rhode Island 130 0.27 1.14 $21.59 $44,910
Minnesota 1,810 0.64 2.71 $21.35 $44,410





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 1,450 0.22 0.92 $23.54 $48,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,230 0.64 2.72 $22.76 $47,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.29 1.21 $21.08 $43,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 800 0.33 1.39 $21.89 $45,540
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 720 0.20 0.83 $21.08 $43,840
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 570 0.68 2.86 $21.02 $43,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 550 0.22 0.93 $26.52 $55,160
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 510 0.49 2.08 $18.73 $38,950
Kansas City, MO-KS 510 0.48 2.04 $20.32 $42,270
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 480 0.31 1.29 $20.69 $43,040




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 60 1.45 6.09 $14.75 $30,690
Green Bay, WI 230 1.32 5.55 $16.49 $34,300
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 120 1.29 5.45 $19.44 $40,440
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 90 1.19 5.03 $16.60 $34,520
Columbus, GA-AL 110 0.97 4.10 $16.06 $33,400
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 90 0.94 3.94 $20.74 $43,130
Leominster-Gardner, MA 50 0.92 3.89 $18.75 $38,990
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 230 0.89 3.76 $15.47 $32,180
Appleton, WI 110 0.86 3.64 $18.96 $39,430
Lynchburg, VA 80 0.80 3.35 $18.22 $37,890




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 550 0.22 0.93 $26.52 $55,160
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 30 0.08 0.33 $24.92 $51,830
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 190 0.36 1.53 $23.70 $49,290
New Haven, CT 120 0.42 1.76 $23.63 $49,150
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 140 0.14 0.58 $23.56 $49,000
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.22 0.92 $23.54 $48,970
Trenton, NJ 60 0.28 1.19 $23.52 $48,910
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.17 0.72 $23.39 $48,650
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 90 0.57 2.40 $23.27 $48,410
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.09 0.39 $23.15 $48,160

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 Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.06 4.46 $21.77 $45,270
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 160 1.26 5.32 $11.25 $23,400
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 140 0.66 2.79 $21.04 $43,760
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.68 2.88 $17.89 $37,200
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 1.13 4.78 $18.67 $38,840

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)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 160 1.26 5.32 $11.25 $23,400
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 1.13 4.78 $18.67 $38,840
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 130 1.10 4.64 $14.55 $30,260
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.06 4.46 $21.77 $45,270
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.69 2.89 $18.54 $38,570

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 170 1.06 4.46 $21.77 $45,270
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 140 0.66 2.79 $21.04 $43,760
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.23 $20.26 $42,130
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.57 $40,710
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 0.68 $19.27 $40,090


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017