Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

51-5023 Printing Machine Operators

Set up or operate various types of printing machines, such as offset, letterset, intaglio, or gravure presses or screen printers to produce print on paper or other materials.

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Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
189,590 1.2 % $14.80 $30,780 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.32 $10.52 $13.95 $18.27 $22.46
Annual Wage (2) $17,300 $21,890 $29,010 $38,010 $46,720

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Printing and related support activities 92,740 $15.71 $32,670 1 19
Newspaper, book, and directory publishers 19,200 $16.26 $33,830 2 13
Converted paper product manufacturing 17,560 $15.23 $31,690 3 23
Plastics product manufacturing 7,460 $13.71 $28,520 4 35
Business support services 5,290 $11.12 $23,130 5 74

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 910 $27.97 $58,170 20 1
Scientific research and development services 100 $18.71 $38,910 61 2
Local government (OES designation) 710 $17.48 $36,360 23 3
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 1,210 $17.48 $36,360 15 4
Boiler, tank, and shipping container mfg. 420 $17.43 $36,260 29 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Kansas 4,390 $14.03 $29,190 0.338% 349
Wisconsin 8,320 $15.62 $32,480 0.309% 366
Minnesota 7,580 $17.18 $35,730 0.291% 350
Pennsylvania 11,660 $14.92 $31,040 0.211% 406
Kentucky 3,550 $14.42 $30,000 0.207% 300

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 1,060 $21.91 $45,580 0.178% 201
Alaska 170 $18.19 $37,840 0.059% 249
Minnesota 7,580 $17.18 $35,730 0.291% 350
Washington 2,750 $17.11 $35,590 0.107% 384
New Jersey 7,580 $16.77 $34,880 0.197% 406

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, WI MSA 1,360 $16.27 $33,850 0.688%
Terre Haute, IN MSA 340 $13.29 $27,650 0.528%
Lawrence, KS MSA 250 $15.11 $31,440 0.527%
Green Bay, WI MSA 720 $16.40 $34,110 0.510%
Scranton—Wilkes-Barre—Hazleton, PA MSA 1,340 $14.26 $29,660 0.495%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 160 $19.97 $41,530 0.128%
Anchorage, AK MSA 90 $19.30 $40,140 0.066%
San Jose, CA PMSA 920 $18.88 $39,260 0.103%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,060 $18.84 $39,190 0.106%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 200 $18.72 $38,930 0.100%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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 mean 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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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