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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-5111 Prepress Technician 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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 509$22.78/hr$15.68/hr$19.10/hr$19.74/hr$24.56/hr$30.90/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities20$19.54/hr
Professional and Business Services120$24.17/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 10$19.59/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$19.43/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$19.71/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$18.30/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 40$19.05/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 50$19.74/hr-15.3%
Northwest Minnesota 50$19.05/hr-22.0%
Southeast Balance of State 60$22.00/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 70$19.86/hr-4.1%
Southwest Minnesota 70$22.97/hr-19.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 750$24.78/hr-17.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 770$24.77/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,020$24.39/hr-16.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other 910N/A9.4%
Desktop Publishers 270$24.89/hr-16.7%
Etchers and Engravers 170$20.53/hr7.0%

  • Punch holes in light-sensitive plates and insert pins in holes to prepare plates for contact with positive or negative film.
  • Enter, store, and retrieve information on computer-aided equipment.
  • Enter, position, and alter text size, using computers, to make up and arrange pages so that printed materials can be produced.
  • Operate presses to print proofs of plates, monitoring printing quality to ensure that it is adequate.
  • Perform close alignment or registration of double and single flats to sensitized plates prior to exposure to produce composite images.
  • Examine photographic images for obvious imperfections prior to plate making.
  • Operate and maintain a variety of cameras and equipment, such as process, line, halftone, and color separation cameras, enlargers, electronic scanners, and contact equipment.
  • Generate prepress proofs in digital or other format to approximate the appearance of the final printed piece.
  • Proofread and perform quality control of text and images.
  • Activate scanners to produce positive or negative films for the black-and-white, cyan, yellow, and magenta separations from each original copy.