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 56085$18.13/hr$13.61/hr$15.99/hr$17.81/hr$20.58/hr$23.77/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing4,690$21.36/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities230$18.86/hr
Information280$19.22/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services930$18.48/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/A$27.23/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State N/A$16.65/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$21.63/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 50$26.56/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 120$17.94/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 140$17.46/hr-27.1%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 220$14.99/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 220$15.64/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 250$22.08/hr1.8%
Southeast Balance of State 270$21.08/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 330$16.56/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 340$19.98/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 410$18.80/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 550$17.77/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 560$17.81/hr1.9%
Central Minnesota 600$19.04/hr-11.0%
Southwest Minnesota 690$17.96/hr-10.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,990$22.25/hr-6.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,250$21.99/hrN/A
Minnesota 6,180$20.68/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.