Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 39077$18.29/hr$12.51/hr$15.40/hr$18.43/hr$21.84/hr$24.17/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing4,480$21.91/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities140$17.33/hr
Information310$18.92/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services1,240$18.88/hr
Education and Health Services30$27.01/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/A$18.37/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$19.35/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 40$22.97/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 120$19.52/hr-27.1%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 130$16.05/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 200$14.83/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 240$16.72/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 290$22.69/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 300$18.37/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 300$17.34/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 320$21.15/hr1.8%
Southeast Balance of State 380$21.61/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 390$18.43/hr1.9%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 400$18.68/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 460$20.27/hr-11.0%
Southwest Minnesota 730$18.16/hr-10.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,310$22.35/hr-6.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,470$22.10/hrN/A
Minnesota 6,220$21.31/hr-5.8%




  • Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments.
  • Adjust ink fountain flow rates.
  • Secure printing plates to printing units and adjust tolerances.
  • Clean or oil presses or make minor repairs, using hand tools.
  • Verify that paper and ink meet the specifications for a given job.
  • Start presses and pull proofs to check for ink coverage and density, alignment, and registration.
  • Examine job orders to determine quantities to be printed, stock specifications, colors, or special printing instructions.
  • Feed paper through press cylinders and adjust feed and tension controls.
  • Change press plates, blankets, or cylinders, as required.
  • Examine job orders to determine quantities to be printed, stock specifications, colors, or special printing instructions.