Printing press operators

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2019 Workforce
163k
Average Age
44.8
Estimated Job Growth
−13.3%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$39,739
Average Male Salary
$42,925
Average Female Salary
$28,295

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Printing press operators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Printing & related support activities is the industry that employs the most Printing press operators, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Printing press operators, by average wage, is Miscellaneous paper & pulp products. Printing press operators are paid most in DeKalb County PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in Norfolk City (Northeast) PUMA, VA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$39,739
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,869

In 2019, Printing press operators earned an average of $39,739, $15,785 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Gaming services workers make somewhat more than Printing press operators while Opticians, dispensing make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Printing press operators as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.287
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Printing press operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.287, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Printing press operators (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Printing press operators.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Printing press operators.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Printing press operators, by number of employees, are Printing & related support activities, Newspaper publishers, and Advertising, public relations & related services.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Printing press operators, by average wage, are Miscellaneous paper & pulp products, Insurance carriers, and Paperboard container manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

163k
2019 Workforce
± 9,903
12.6%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 7.87%

The number of people employed as Printing press operators has been growing at a rate of 12.6%, from 144,693 people in 2018 to 162,888 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Printing press operators employed by various industries. Printing & related support activities employs the largest share of Printing press operators at  69.6%, followed by Newspaper publishers with 1.88% and Advertising, public relations & related services with 1.53%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Printing press operators in the US. The average age of male Printing press operators in the workforce is 45.2 and of female Printing press operators is 43.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Printing press operators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

127k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 8,760
35.5k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,624

78.2% of Printing press operators are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Printing press operators.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Printing press operators
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

65.2% of Printing press operators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.8% of Printing press operators, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Printing press operators.

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Age by Gender

45.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.953
43.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.87

The median age of Printing press operators is 44.8, and Male employees are generally 1.74 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Printing press operators from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Printing press operators is Visual & Performing Arts but a relatively high number of Printing press operators hold a major in Communication Technologies.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Printing press operators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Printing press operators need many skills, but most especially Operation Monitoring, Quality Control Analysis, and Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Printing press operators need more than the average amount of Repairing, Equipment Maintenance, and Equipment Selection.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Printing Press Operators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Printing Press Operators are expected to see a growth of −13.3% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−13.3%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Printing Press Operators. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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