Prepress Technician Salary

prepress-technician-salary-chart.jpgPrepress technicians make sure that paper layout, text format, appearance and layout of images is correctly set before the full print run commences for magazines, newspapers, labels, brochures and catalogs.

Salary

The average annual salary a prepress technician earns is $37,260. The top 10% of prepress technicians earns a mean salary $58,470 per year while the bottom 10% earns $22,140. Their salaries vary based on their skill set, number of years of experience and the industry they are employed in. The top 3 paying industries for these technicians are:
1. Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) - $80,200
2. Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services - $45,090
3. Local Government (OES Designation) - $44,370

Job Outlook

The job outlook of prepress technicians is expected to drop 13% from 2012 to 2022. The increase of technology increases the automation of the printing process, reducing the need for prepress workers.

Employment Statistics

The District of Columbia, Minnesota, and California are the highest paying states for prepress technicians with an average annual salary of $71,250, $46,570, and $45,790 respectively. Also, California offers almost twice as many opportunities (approx.. 4,680) for these technicians than any other state in the US. It is followed by Texas (2720) and Pennsylvania (2,550).

The top 3 industries that regularly employ these technicians are Printing and Related Support Activities (24,720); Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers (6,980); and Converted Paper Product Manufacturing (2,620).

Prepress Technician Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $18,050 $32,630 $45,540 $32,250
Arizona $27,210 $39,260 $55,160 $39,990
Arkansas $23,030 $36,720 $48,500 $36,730
California $23,720 $42,300 $72,560 $45,790
Colorado $23,480 $35,080 $47,880 $35,910
Connecticut $30,370 $44,350 $59,110 $44,380
Florida $19,700 $31,370 $46,680 $32,350
Georgia $23,400 $38,000 $52,890 $37,790
Hawaii $20,090 $33,630 $51,310 $34,330
Idaho $16,500 $21,050 $38,730 $24,840
Illinois $23,150 $44,480 $65,660 $44,360
Indiana $21,960 $33,350 $52,250 $34,840
Iowa $17,850 $32,930 $46,610 $32,660
Kansas $21,050 $32,740 $49,310 $33,930
Kentucky $20,410 $37,200 $52,280 $36,620
Louisiana $19,760 $32,600 $48,280 $32,510
Maine $27,010 $34,240 $42,010 $35,290
Maryland $24,900 $39,220 $57,400 $40,290
Massachusetts $24,070 $40,900 $59,230 $41,590
Michigan $24,890 $36,410 $47,460 $36,550
Minnesota $30,490 $46,150 $65,950 $46,570
Mississippi $17,370 $23,020 $35,970 $24,740
Missouri $20,250 $36,490 $58,410 $37,480
Montana $22,500 $33,520 $45,050 $33,470
Nebraska $25,180 $35,380 $45,830 $35,460
Nevada $25,090 $40,500 $58,180 $40,810
New Hampshire $26,760 $36,410 $52,960 $38,470
New Jersey $25,820 $43,690 $69,410 $45,300
New Mexico $19,030 $29,240 $53,870 $32,950
New York $21,860 $38,050 $63,430 $40,600
North Carolina $25,060 $37,570 $53,850 $38,060
North Dakota $19,750 $28,830 $38,620 $29,250
Ohio $21,210 $37,430 $50,130 $36,780
Oklahoma $18,300 $28,360 $43,840 $29,580
Oregon $24,860 $42,340 $54,710 $40,800
Pennsylvania $23,560 $37,090 $52,010 $37,680
Rhode Island $31,400 $42,650 $67,170 $44,990
South Carolina $19,020 $33,030 $46,180 $32,670
South Dakota $21,120 $28,550 $40,540 $29,530
Tennessee $21,700 $34,210 $47,550 $34,770
Texas $22,090 $33,870 $53,550 $35,820
Utah $21,830 $33,710 $50,040 $34,770
Vermont $26,840 $38,570 $59,630 $40,910
Virginia $23,630 $37,160 $55,950 $38,260
Washington $20,440 $33,140 $55,080 $35,350
West Virginia $16,160 $19,370 $44,650 $25,700
Wisconsin $26,710 $40,520 $56,420 $40,600