Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-5111 Prepress Technicians and Workers

Format and proof text and images submitted by designers and clients into finished pages that can be printed. Includes digital and photo typesetting. May produce printing plates.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
48,070 2.2 % $18.26 $37,970 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.54 $13.44 $17.44 $22.28 $27.43
Annual Wage (2) $21,930 $27,960 $36,280 $46,340 $57,060


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Printing and Related Support Activities 29,040 5.87 $18.53 $38,550
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 8,060 1.60 $17.11 $35,600
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,810 1.00 $18.92 $39,360
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 1,320 0.32 $17.48 $36,350
Specialized Design Services 960 0.85 $20.00 $41,590

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Printing and Related Support Activities 29,040 5.87 $18.53 $38,550
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 8,060 1.60 $17.11 $35,600
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,810 1.00 $18.92 $39,360
Specialized Design Services 960 0.85 $20.00 $41,590
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 1,320 0.32 $17.48 $36,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 240 0.01 $36.87 $76,690
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $22.12 $46,020
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 70 0.01 $20.37 $42,370
Specialized Design Services 960 0.85 $20.00 $41,590
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 120 0.11 $19.88 $41,340


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,480 0.39 1.03 $20.72 $43,100
Texas 3,670 0.36 0.96 $15.87 $33,020
Pennsylvania 3,160 0.58 1.53 $18.03 $37,500
Illinois 2,480 0.45 1.19 $20.28 $42,190
New York 2,330 0.28 0.74 $18.21 $37,870




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 2,030 0.78 2.06 $19.08 $39,690
Minnesota 1,770 0.69 1.82 $21.33 $44,370
District of Columbia 420 0.66 1.74 $27.69 $57,590
Iowa 910 0.63 1.67 $15.22 $31,660
Pennsylvania 3,160 0.58 1.53 $18.03 $37,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 420 0.66 1.74 $27.69 $57,590
Massachusetts 1,290 0.41 1.10 $21.71 $45,150
Hawaii 50 0.08 0.22 $21.39 $44,490
Minnesota 1,770 0.69 1.82 $21.33 $44,370
Rhode Island 160 0.35 0.92 $21.22 $44,140

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,110 0.55 1.47 $20.21 $42,030
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.44 1.16 $21.24 $44,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.62 1.63 $21.84 $45,430
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.62 1.63 $16.42 $34,160
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,210 0.72 1.91 $22.78 $47,380
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.24 0.64 $20.86 $43,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.60 1.60 $18.34 $38,160
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.58 1.54 $19.15 $39,820
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 710 0.53 1.40 $19.90 $41,380
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 710 0.28 0.75 $16.08 $33,450




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 240 2.78 7.36 $19.31 $40,150
Ames, IA 80 2.10 5.56 $17.39 $36,160
Harrisonburg, VA 100 1.82 4.82 $17.66 $36,730
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 90 1.66 4.38 $20.92 $43,520
Dalton, GA 100 1.55 4.10 $12.36 $25,700
York-Hanover, PA 250 1.50 3.97 $16.43 $34,180
Ann Arbor, MI 260 1.40 3.69 $14.82 $30,830
La Crosse, WI-MN 100 1.39 3.68 $14.21 $29,550
Green Bay, WI 230 1.39 3.67 $20.34 $42,320
Lancaster, PA 290 1.29 3.41 $18.64 $38,780




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.59 1.57 $28.83 $59,980
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.26 $58,780
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 650 0.39 1.04 $24.16 $50,250
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 50 1.12 2.95 $24.05 $50,030
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.12 0.33 $23.50 $48,890
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 180 0.49 1.30 $23.35 $48,560
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO (8) (8) (8) $22.98 $47,800
Ogden-Clearfield, UT (8) (8) (8) $22.94 $47,720
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,210 0.72 1.91 $22.78 $47,380
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.11 $45,980

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.21 3.19 $15.82 $32,910
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 210 0.56 1.49 $14.86 $30,900
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 160 0.60 1.58 $17.90 $37,240
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.01 2.68 $14.29 $29,720
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.87 2.29 $17.38 $36,150

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.21 3.19 $15.82 $32,910
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.01 2.68 $14.29 $29,720
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.87 2.29 $17.38 $36,150
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.73 1.93 $18.41 $38,290
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.69 1.83 $18.76 $39,030

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.20 $21.03 $43,740
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.03 $41,660
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.66 1.75 $19.13 $39,780
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.53 1.41 $18.84 $39,200
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.69 1.83 $18.76 $39,030


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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