Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
36,180 2.1 % $18.75 $39,000 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.61 $13.85 $17.89 $22.69 $28.17
Annual Wage (2) $22,060 $28,820 $37,200 $47,200 $58,600


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 21,230 4.66 $19.12 $39,770
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 5,730 1.36 $17.48 $36,350
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,400 0.89 $19.20 $39,930
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 1,200 0.25 $20.82 $43,300
Specialized Design Services 570 0.45 $16.38 $34,070

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 21,230 4.66 $19.12 $39,770
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 5,730 1.36 $17.48 $36,350
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 2,400 0.89 $19.20 $39,930
Specialized Design Services 570 0.45 $16.38 $34,070
Sound Recording Industries 50 0.29 $17.78 $36,990

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 $38.58 $80,240
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $23.02 $47,890
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 60 (7) $22.04 $45,840
Other Support Services 50 0.02 $21.30 $44,310
Insurance Carriers 60 (7) $21.28 $44,270


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 3,800 0.25 0.94 $20.75 $43,170
New York 2,210 0.25 0.93 $20.68 $43,020
Ohio 2,190 0.42 1.58 $17.84 $37,110
Pennsylvania 1,990 0.35 1.31 $17.29 $35,950
Texas 1,900 0.17 0.63 $19.08 $39,690




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 1,680 0.61 2.29 $19.04 $39,610
Minnesota 1,590 0.58 2.18 $20.78 $43,220
Ohio 2,190 0.42 1.58 $17.84 $37,110
Kansas 560 0.41 1.53 $16.64 $34,620
Missouri 970 0.36 1.36 $19.51 $40,580




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 0.35 1.31 $36.46 $75,830
Rhode Island 110 0.24 0.88 $22.54 $46,880
Connecticut 360 0.22 0.82 $22.12 $46,020
Massachusetts 1,100 0.33 1.24 $21.28 $44,260
New Hampshire 140 0.23 0.84 $20.82 $43,310





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 1,220 0.23 0.84 $23.85 $49,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,170 0.64 2.40 $22.01 $45,770
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.31 1.15 $20.24 $42,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.28 1.04 $21.84 $45,430
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.59 2.19 $21.15 $44,000
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 750 0.40 1.51 $18.57 $38,630
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 720 0.71 2.66 $18.24 $37,950
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 640 0.77 2.89 $19.09 $39,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 630 0.26 0.98 $19.67 $40,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 620 0.26 0.98 $25.70 $53,460




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)
Pittsfield, MA 70 2.05 7.64 $18.86 $39,230
Green Bay, WI 300 1.80 6.71 $19.51 $40,590
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 100 1.14 4.27 $19.83 $41,250
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 50 1.07 3.99 $20.97 $43,610
Lebanon, PA 50 1.07 4.00 $12.07 $25,100
Dubuque, IA 60 1.04 3.90 $17.56 $36,530
Ames, IA 40 0.94 3.52 $17.38 $36,150
Lynchburg, VA 80 0.84 3.12 $18.28 $38,010
Logan, UT-ID 40 0.83 3.10 $18.70 $38,890
Fond du Lac, WI 40 0.83 3.11 $19.06 $39,640




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 620 0.26 0.98 $25.70 $53,460
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 470 0.26 0.97 $25.02 $52,050
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 40 0.50 1.87 $24.45 $50,850
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 30 0.33 1.24 $24.15 $50,240
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.23 0.84 $23.85 $49,610
Binghamton, NY (8) (8) (8) $23.61 $49,120
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 30 0.16 0.59 $23.22 $48,310
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 130 0.24 0.88 $23.18 $48,220
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.38 1.40 $22.95 $47,740
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 70 0.56 2.10 $22.84 $47,510

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 220 1.03 3.84 $14.96 $31,110
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.36 1.33 $14.83 $30,850
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.73 2.72 $15.97 $33,210
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.55 2.05 $12.92 $26,880
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 2.23 $19.08 $39,690

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 220 1.03 3.84 $14.96 $31,110
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.73 2.72 $15.97 $33,210
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.71 2.64 $17.76 $36,950
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 2.23 $19.08 $39,690
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.56 2.11 $16.37 $34,050

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)
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.47 1.76 $20.92 $43,500
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 2.07 $19.20 $39,930
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 2.23 $19.08 $39,690
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 1.80 $19.03 $39,580
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 1.81 $18.98 $39,480


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015