Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
189,900 1.4 % $14.93 $31,050 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.38 $10.59 $14.11 $18.52 $22.52
Annual Wage (2) $17,440 $22,020 $29,340 $38,520 $46,830

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 94,420 $15.76 $32,770 1 18
Converted paper product manufacturing 17,160 $15.52 $32,280 2 20
Plastics product manufacturing 8,010 $13.88 $28,870 3 36
Advertising and related services 4,920 $12.90 $26,840 4 59
Business support services 4,370 $11.48 $23,880 5 76

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 900 $29.03 $60,380 20 1
Scientific research and development services 130 $19.48 $40,520 47 2
Boiler, tank, and shipping container mfg. 350 $18.52 $38,520 29 3
Power generation and supply 50 $17.92 $37,270 69 4
Forging and stamping 90 $17.67 $36,750 59 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 4,650 $14.30 $29,730 0.358% 377
Wisconsin 8,320 $15.50 $32,250 0.309% 414
Minnesota 7,700 $17.26 $35,890 0.296% 377
Pennsylvania 12,070 $14.36 $29,870 0.219% 476
Tennessee 5,680 $14.20 $29,540 0.217% 393

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 1,000 $23.50 $48,890 0.168% 194
Alaska 180 $19.13 $39,800 0.062% 262
Washington 2,720 $17.30 $35,970 0.106% 420
Minnesota 7,700 $17.26 $35,890 0.296% 377
New Jersey 7,400 $17.16 $35,700 0.191% 421

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 1,450 $16.60 $34,530 0.734%
Clarksville-Hopkinsville, TN-KY MSA 450 $14.93 $31,060 0.683%
Lancaster, PA MSA 1,180 $15.94 $33,160 0.539%
Lawrence, KS MSA 240 $15.38 $32,000 0.510%
Green Bay, WI MSA 680 $16.39 $34,100 0.478%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Benton Harbor, MI MSA 120 $20.61 $42,860 0.190%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 190 $20.45 $42,540 0.153%
Yakima, WA MSA (6) $20.44 $42,510 (6)
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 150 $19.99 $41,590 0.075%
Anchorage, AK MSA 120 $19.49 $40,540 0.087%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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