Printing press operators

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Total Workforce

167k

Average Age

44.2

Estimated Job Growth

-10.4%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$36,994

Average Male Salary

$39,879

Average Female Salary

$26,425

About

Printing press operators are most often employed by the Printing & related support activities industry. The average yearly wage for Printing press operators was $36,994 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Printing press operators by wage are Coin, vending, & amusement machine servicers & repairers, Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors, and Entertainers & performers, sports & related workers, all other.

Printing press operators are part of the Production Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers, Electrical, electronics, & electromechanical assemblers, Engine & other machine assemblers, Structural metal fabricators & fitters, Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators, Bakers, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Food & tobacco roasting, baking, & drying machine operators & tenders, Food batchmakers, Food cooking machine operators & tenders, Food processing workers, all other, Computer control programmers & operators, Extruding & drawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Forging machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machinists, Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic, Tool & die makers, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, Prepress technicians & workers, Printing press operators, Print binding & finishing workers, Laundry & drycleaning workers, Pressers, textile, garment, & related materials, Sewing machine operators, Shoe & leather workers, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Textile knitting & weaving machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile winding, twisting, & drawing out machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile bleaching & dyeing, & cutting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Upholsterers, Miscellaneous textile, apparel, & furnishings workers except upholsterers, Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters, Furniture finishers, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, Woodworking machine setters, operators, & tenders, except sawing, Miscellaneous woodworkers, including model makers & patternmakers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Stationary engineers & boiler operators, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Miscellaneous plant & system operators, Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers, Cutting workers, Extruding, forming, pressing, & compacting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders, Painting workers, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Etchers & engravers, Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic, Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, Tire builders, Helpersproduction workers, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors

The top 3 locations that employ the most Printing press operators are Worth & Calumet Townships PUMA, IL, Olathe, Gardner, Spring Hill & Edgerton Cities PUMA, KS, and Menifee, Lake Elsinore & Canyon Lake Cities PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Printing press operators are Worth & Calumet Townships PUMA, IL, Olathe, Gardner, Spring Hill & Edgerton Cities PUMA, KS, and Wichita City (Central) PUMA, KS.

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 Elementary & secondary schools. Printing press operators are paid most in Chisago, Isanti, Pine, Mille Lacs & Kanabec Counties PUMA, MN but are relatively concentrated in Worth & Calumet Townships PUMA, IL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$36,994

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,215

In 2017, Printing press operators earned an average of $36,994, $15,071 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Entertainers & performers, sports & related workers, all other make somewhat more than Printing press operators while Coin, vending, & amusement machine servicers & repairers 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

0.282

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Printing press operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.282, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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

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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 Periodical, book, & directory publishers.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Printing press operators, by average wage, are Elementary & secondary schools, Plastics product manufacturing, and Pulp, paper, & paperboard mills .

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Industries by Share

167k

2017 Workforce

± 10,019

-7.82%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 9.04%

The number of people employed as Printing press operators has been declining at a rate of -7.82%, from 180,841 people in 2016 to 166,708 people in 2017.

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  70.7%, followed by Newspaper publishers with 5.27% and Periodical, book, & directory publishers with 2.48%.

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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 44.7 and of female Printing press operators is 42.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Printing press operators is White.

Gender Composition

131k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 8,881

35.8k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 4,642

78.6% 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

  2. Black

  3. Asian

77.6% of Printing press operators are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.2% of Printing press operators, Black 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

44.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.906

42.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.86

The median age of Printing press operators is 44.2, and Male employees are generally 2.26 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 Business but a relatively high number of Printing press operators hold a major in Communication Technologies.

Majors

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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 Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Printing press operators need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Printing press operators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Printing press operators are expected to see a growth of -10.4% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-10.4%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Printing press operators. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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