Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
43,430 2.0 % $18.69 $38,870 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.65 $13.90 $17.82 $22.50 $28.01
Annual Wage (2) $22,160 $28,910 $37,060 $46,800 $58,260


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 25,720 5.37 $19.08 $39,700
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,480 1.55 $17.08 $35,530
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,590 0.93 $19.10 $39,730
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 1,310 0.31 $19.48 $40,520
Specialized Design Services 970 0.85 $20.21 $42,030

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 25,720 5.37 $19.08 $39,700
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,480 1.55 $17.08 $35,530
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,590 0.93 $19.10 $39,730
Specialized Design Services 970 0.85 $20.21 $42,030
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 1,310 0.31 $19.48 $40,520

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) 200 0.01 $38.71 $80,510
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $21.04 $43,760
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 90 0.02 $20.52 $42,670
Junior Colleges 50 0.01 $20.41 $42,440
Specialized Design Services 970 0.85 $20.21 $42,030


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 4,920 0.35 1.03 $21.71 $45,170
Texas 3,050 0.30 0.88 $16.92 $35,190
Pennsylvania 2,890 0.52 1.54 $17.98 $37,400
Illinois 2,280 0.41 1.21 $21.10 $43,890
New York 2,280 0.27 0.80 $19.25 $40,050




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 2,040 0.77 2.28 $19.41 $40,380
Minnesota 1,590 0.61 1.81 $22.22 $46,210
Pennsylvania 2,890 0.52 1.54 $17.98 $37,400
Iowa 750 0.52 1.53 $15.43 $32,090
Vermont 140 0.49 1.45 $19.22 $39,970




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 240 0.36 1.08 $35.21 $73,230
Minnesota 1,590 0.61 1.81 $22.22 $46,210
Rhode Island 130 0.29 0.87 $22.17 $46,120
California 4,920 0.35 1.03 $21.71 $45,170
Massachusetts 1,230 0.39 1.15 $21.64 $45,010





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 1,630 0.43 1.26 $20.52 $42,680
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.43 1.26 $22.33 $46,440
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.25 0.73 $22.20 $46,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,080 0.63 1.86 $23.64 $49,170
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 940 0.46 1.35 $18.61 $38,700
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 930 0.51 1.51 $18.38 $38,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 870 0.38 1.11 $24.73 $51,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 690 0.31 0.91 $19.18 $39,890
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 640 0.46 1.37 $19.04 $39,610
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 600 0.23 0.69 $16.95 $35,260




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 290 3.21 9.48 $18.60 $38,690
Harrisonburg, VA 150 2.65 7.83 $18.01 $37,470
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 100 1.94 5.72 $22.53 $46,860
La Crosse, WI-MN 100 1.39 4.11 $15.45 $32,130
Green Bay, WI 220 1.35 3.98 $20.91 $43,490
Ann Arbor, MI 250 1.29 3.80 $15.50 $32,240
Lancaster, PA 250 1.14 3.36 $18.31 $38,080
Appleton, WI 120 1.05 3.09 $18.61 $38,720
York-Hanover, PA 170 0.97 2.86 $18.20 $37,860
Dubuque, IA 50 0.93 2.76 $18.48 $38,430




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 580 0.60 1.78 $31.95 $66,450
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $27.43 $57,050
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 510 0.31 0.90 $25.47 $52,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 870 0.38 1.11 $24.73 $51,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,080 0.63 1.86 $23.64 $49,170
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 100 0.27 0.80 $23.06 $47,970
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 60 0.51 1.50 $22.83 $47,490
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 100 1.94 5.72 $22.53 $46,860
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 380 0.40 1.17 $22.43 $46,660
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.16 0.48 $22.42 $46,640

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.53 1.56 $13.42 $27,910
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 190 0.94 2.79 $17.01 $35,380
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 150 0.68 2.02 $15.52 $32,280
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.56 1.66 $15.31 $31,850
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.74 2.18 $18.95 $39,420

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 190 0.94 2.79 $17.01 $35,380
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.89 2.64 $12.07 $25,110
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.80 2.36 $10.77 $22,390
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.74 2.18 $18.95 $39,420
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 150 0.68 2.02 $15.52 $32,280

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)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 1.26 $21.63 $44,990
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.62 1.84 $20.45 $42,540
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.62 1.83 $19.80 $41,180
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.59 1.74 $19.11 $39,750
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.69 $18.96 $39,430


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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