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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-5112 Printing Press Operators

Set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, or other printing machines. Includes short-run offset printing presses.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northeast Minnesota 13018$20.74/hr$14.86/hr$15.61/hr$19.43/hr$24.58/hr$29.98/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities210$15.36/hr
Financial Activities10$20.41/hr
Professional and Business Services1,120$18.85/hr
Education and Health Services50$31.09/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration10$26.63/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$18.94/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 50$19.43/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 90$24.20/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 110$19.78/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 130$19.43/hr-11.7%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 130$19.30/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 190$19.36/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 300$19.45/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 320$18.83/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 360$23.24/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 380$19.35/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 420$19.43/hr-7.9%
Central Minnesota 450$19.45/hr-8.4%
Northwest Balance of State 520$19.35/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 550$19.35/hr-5.0%
Southwest Minnesota 560$22.25/hr-10.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,080$21.60/hr-10.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,240$21.92/hrN/A
Minnesota 6,250$19.98/hr-9.5%

  • Monitor environmental factors, such as humidity and temperature, that may impact equipment performance and make necessary adjustments.
  • Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments.
  • Start presses and pull proofs to check for ink coverage and density, alignment, and registration.
  • Download or scan files to be printed, using printing production software.
  • Clean ink fountains, plates, or printing unit cylinders when press runs are completed.
  • Monitor automated press operation systems and respond to fault, error, or alert messages.
  • Secure printing plates to printing units and adjust tolerances.
  • Direct or monitor work of press crews.
  • Maintain time or production records.
  • Download or scan files to be printed, using printing production software.