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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
Southwest Minnesota 54061$23.77/hr$15.56/hr$18.66/hr$22.74/hr$29.20/hr$34.58/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities220$20.13/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services1,270$16.06/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/A$27.47/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$18.20/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$19.82/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 70$23.33/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 80$18.38/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 90$19.11/hr-11.7%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 170$19.59/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 180$23.71/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 210$18.07/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 280$20.19/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 310$19.44/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 320$19.36/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 320$22.89/hr-8.4%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 330$28.88/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 330$22.16/hr-7.9%
Northwest Minnesota 340$19.20/hr-5.0%
Southwest Minnesota 540$22.74/hr-10.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,690$23.44/hr-10.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,840$23.36/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,380$22.80/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.