Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
173,470 1.3 % $18.49 $38,470 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.91 $13.47 $17.41 $22.58 $28.23
Annual Wage (2) $22,690 $28,010 $36,220 $46,980 $58,710


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 104,550 24.04 $18.40 $38,270
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 11,200 4.15 $19.78 $41,150
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 10,440 3.14 $19.29 $40,130
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 8,060 1.65 $18.15 $37,750
Plastics Product Manufacturing 5,620 0.96 $18.53 $38,540

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 104,550 24.04 $18.40 $38,270
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 11,200 4.15 $19.78 $41,150
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 420 3.29 $19.57 $40,700
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 10,440 3.14 $19.29 $40,130
Other Textile Product Mills 1,550 2.43 $15.49 $32,230

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) 540 0.03 $47.12 $98,010
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 90 0.02 $25.12 $52,250
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 610 0.01 $24.54 $51,030
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 30 0.05 $20.89 $43,460
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 300 0.01 $20.86 $43,390


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 14,460 0.85 0.71 $18.93 $39,380
Texas 10,810 0.89 0.74 $18.61 $38,710
Pennsylvania 9,770 1.67 1.39 $18.82 $39,150
Illinois 9,590 1.60 1.34 $21.18 $44,050
New York 9,380 1.00 0.83 $20.08 $41,770




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 9,220 3.24 2.70 $18.48 $38,430
Kansas 3,330 2.42 2.02 $16.52 $34,350
Minnesota 6,220 2.17 1.81 $21.47 $44,670
Nebraska 2,040 2.08 1.74 $16.88 $35,110
Kentucky 3,610 1.91 1.60 $16.13 $33,540




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 530 0.74 0.62 $38.79 $80,680
Alaska 160 0.50 0.42 $23.14 $48,140
New Jersey 3,660 0.90 0.75 $21.91 $45,580
Minnesota 6,220 2.17 1.81 $21.47 $44,670
Illinois 9,590 1.60 1.34 $21.18 $44,050





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 7,690 0.81 0.68 $22.09 $45,940
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,640 1.65 1.37 $21.58 $44,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,790 1.11 0.93 $18.54 $38,560
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,810 1.35 1.13 $20.48 $42,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,470 2.29 1.91 $22.23 $46,230
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,360 1.63 1.36 $17.48 $36,350
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,680 1.29 1.08 $20.52 $42,680
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 2,840 3.34 2.79 $18.44 $38,350
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,570 1.89 1.58 $21.75 $45,240
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,500 0.91 0.76 $21.58 $44,880