Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
41,420 2.0 % $18.76 $39,020 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.64 $13.97 $17.91 $22.56 $28.11
Annual Wage (2) $22,140 $29,050 $37,260 $46,920 $58,470


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 24,720 5.31 $19.10 $39,720
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 6,980 1.52 $17.23 $35,840
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,620 0.96 $19.07 $39,660
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 1,360 0.32 $20.20 $42,010
Specialized Design Services 780 0.67 $20.67 $42,990

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 24,720 5.31 $19.10 $39,720
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 6,980 1.52 $17.23 $35,840
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,620 0.96 $19.07 $39,660
Specialized Design Services 780 0.67 $20.67 $42,990
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 1,360 0.32 $20.20 $42,010

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) 170 0.01 $38.56 $80,200
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 110 0.02 $21.68 $45,090
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $21.33 $44,370
Specialized Design Services 780 0.67 $20.67 $42,990
Junior Colleges 40 (7) $20.38 $42,380


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 4,680 0.33 1.03 $22.01 $45,790
Texas 2,720 0.26 0.81 $17.22 $35,820
Pennsylvania 2,550 0.46 1.43 $18.12 $37,680
New York 2,130 0.25 0.79 $19.52 $40,600
Illinois 2,080 0.37 1.16 $21.33 $44,360




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 1,970 0.74 2.32 $19.52 $40,600
Minnesota 1,750 0.66 2.08 $22.39 $46,570
Iowa 710 0.48 1.53 $15.70 $32,660
Oregon 750 0.47 1.47 $19.62 $40,800
Utah 550 0.46 1.44 $16.71 $34,770




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 220 0.33 1.04 $34.25 $71,250
Minnesota 1,750 0.66 2.08 $22.39 $46,570
California 4,680 0.33 1.03 $22.01 $45,790
New Jersey 1,140 0.30 0.95 $21.78 $45,300
Rhode Island 110 0.24 0.77 $21.63 $44,990





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.37 1.17 $22.91 $47,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.34 1.07 $21.44 $44,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,270 0.73 2.29 $23.08 $48,010
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.24 0.77 $22.23 $46,230
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 900 0.64 2.01 $20.19 $42,000
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 820 0.45 1.42 $20.18 $41,970
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 780 0.37 1.16 $18.76 $39,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 680 0.29 0.91 $24.61 $51,190
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 640 0.28 0.89 $19.38 $40,310
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 630 0.63 2.00 $31.66 $65,850




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 3.20 10.05 $19.21 $39,960
Harrisonburg, VA 140 2.38 7.50 $18.80 $39,100
Lebanon, PA 70 1.38 4.33 $11.50 $23,920
Green Bay, WI 220 1.30 4.08 $20.63 $42,910
Ann Arbor, MI 240 1.23 3.87 $17.17 $35,720
Lancaster, PA 250 1.13 3.57 $18.89 $39,280
Appleton, WI 130 1.11 3.50 $19.67 $40,920
Clarksville, TN-KY 80 0.99 3.12 (8) (8)
Bay City, MI 30 0.97 3.06 (8) (8)
Terre Haute, IN 60 0.94 2.95 (8) (8)




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 630 0.63 2.00 $31.66 $65,850
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.70 $59,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 680 0.29 0.91 $24.61 $51,190
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 300 0.31 0.99 $23.38 $48,630
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,270 0.73 2.29 $23.08 $48,010
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.37 1.17 $22.91 $47,660
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 130 0.23 0.74 $22.70 $47,220
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 160 0.20 0.62 $22.58 $46,970
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 90 0.24 0.77 $22.57 $46,940
Manchester, NH 40 0.37 1.15 $22.51 $46,830

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.12 3.53 $15.30 $31,830
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.49 1.53 $13.63 $28,350
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 0.75 2.36 $14.72 $30,610
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.77 2.43 $20.77 $43,200
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.47 1.47 $15.31 $31,840

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)
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 1.17 3.67 $16.68 $34,690
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.12 3.53 $15.30 $31,830
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.78 2.45 $18.04 $37,520
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.77 2.43 $20.77 $43,200
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 0.75 2.36 $14.72 $30,610

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 Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.77 2.43 $20.77 $43,200
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.66 2.09 $19.50 $40,560
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.56 1.77 $19.50 $40,550
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.74 2.33 $18.68 $38,850
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.50 $38,490


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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