Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
38,000 2.0 % $18.82 $39,150 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.55 $13.90 $18.00 $22.70 $28.35
Annual Wage (2) $21,940 $28,900 $37,440 $47,230 $58,960


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 21,870 4.79 $19.22 $39,980
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 6,370 1.45 $17.38 $36,150
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,450 0.91 $18.82 $39,140
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 1,270 0.29 $20.20 $42,010
Specialized Design Services 680 0.55 $18.93 $39,370

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 21,870 4.79 $19.22 $39,980
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 6,370 1.45 $17.38 $36,150
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,450 0.91 $18.82 $39,140
Specialized Design Services 680 0.55 $18.93 $39,370
Sound Recording Industries 50 0.31 $18.07 $37,590

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) 220 0.01 $38.22 $79,500
Other Information Services 50 0.03 $24.23 $50,410
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $22.09 $45,950
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $21.61 $44,960
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 160 0.20 $20.78 $43,230


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 4,240 0.29 1.00 $21.30 $44,300
New York 2,210 0.26 0.89 $21.06 $43,790
Ohio 2,180 0.43 1.49 $17.86 $37,140
Pennsylvania 2,150 0.38 1.34 $17.83 $37,090
Texas 2,090 0.19 0.67 $17.86 $37,160




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 1,700 0.63 2.19 $18.97 $39,470
Minnesota 1,440 0.53 1.86 $21.49 $44,710
Vermont 130 0.43 1.50 $19.78 $41,150
Ohio 2,180 0.43 1.49 $17.86 $37,140
Kansas 550 0.41 1.43 $15.78 $32,820




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 250 0.38 1.32 $35.28 $73,390
Massachusetts 1,130 0.35 1.21 $22.15 $46,060
Connecticut 330 0.20 0.71 $21.91 $45,580
Minnesota 1,440 0.53 1.86 $21.49 $44,710
California 4,240 0.29 1.00 $21.30 $44,300





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.26 0.90 $23.31 $48,480
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.35 1.22 $21.65 $45,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.28 0.98 $23.76 $49,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,090 0.61 2.12 $22.48 $46,750
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 940 0.64 2.25 $20.80 $43,260
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 760 0.42 1.45 $19.05 $39,620
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 740 0.73 2.55 $18.48 $38,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 690 0.30 1.04 $19.79 $41,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 670 0.28 0.98 $26.21 $54,520
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 580 0.71 2.47 $18.91 $39,320




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 220 2.39 8.35 $18.40 $38,280
Harrisonburg, VA 120 2.01 7.01 $18.07 $37,580
Green Bay, WI 250 1.53 5.35 $19.63 $40,820
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 70 1.52 5.30 $24.44 $50,840
Dubuque, IA 90 1.52 5.30 $17.34 $36,070
Roanoke, VA 130 0.90 3.13 $16.74 $34,810
Lynchburg, VA 80 0.84 2.92 $18.08 $37,610
Boulder, CO 130 0.82 2.87 $16.40 $34,120
Fond du Lac, WI 40 0.81 2.82 $18.49 $38,470
Appleton, WI 90 0.81 2.84 $20.96 $43,600




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 670 0.28 0.98 $26.21 $54,520
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 570 0.33 1.14 $25.27 $52,560
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 70 1.52 5.30 $24.44 $50,840
Peoria, IL 50 0.29 1.01 $24.14 $50,210
Knoxville, TN 40 0.11 0.38 $23.77 $49,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.28 0.98 $23.76 $49,420
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.26 0.90 $23.31 $48,480
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 140 0.24 0.84 $23.28 $48,420
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 60 0.50 1.76 $23.25 $48,360
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $23.11 $48,070

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 180 0.87 3.02 $15.44 $32,120
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.45 1.56 $14.76 $30,710
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 0.76 2.64 $14.49 $30,150
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 140 0.47 1.64 $15.45 $32,130
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.47 1.64 $15.22 $31,670

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 180 0.87 3.02 $15.44 $32,120
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 0.76 2.64 $14.49 $30,150
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.63 2.18 $12.25 $25,480
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 2.15 $16.36 $34,040
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.58 2.02 $18.27 $38,010

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)
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 1.94 $19.90 $41,390
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.40 1.41 $19.25 $40,030
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.91 $39,340
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.36 1.27 $18.39 $38,240
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.58 2.02 $18.27 $38,010


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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