Occupational Employment Statistics


51-5113 Print Binding and Finishing Workers

Bind books and other publications or finish printed products by hand or machine. May set up binding and finishing machines.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 11021$17.15/hr$11.82/hr$13.61/hr$16.80/hr$19.97/hr$23.91/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services220$15.29/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/A-36.4%
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/A$14.79/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/A$15.85/hrN/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
Southwest Balance of State 40$14.96/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 110$16.80/hr4.2%
Northwest Balance of State 110$16.80/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 120$18.11/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 160$15.21/hr-5.7%
Southeast Minnesota 190$16.55/hr7.8%
Southeast Balance of State 210$17.14/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 330$16.98/hr-11.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,570$19.48/hr-8.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,720$18.75/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,490$18.09/hr-5.9%

  • Maintain records, such as daily production records, using specified forms.
  • Read work orders to determine instructions and specifications for machine set-up.
  • Set up or operate glue machines by filling glue reservoirs, turning switches to activate heating elements, or adjusting glue flow or conveyor speed.
  • Set up or operate machines that perform binding operations, such as pressing, folding, or trimming.
  • Examine stitched, collated, bound, or unbound product samples for defects, such as imperfect bindings, ink spots, torn pages, loose pages, or loose or uncut threads.
  • Monitor machine operations to detect malfunctions or to determine whether adjustments are needed.
  • Prepare finished books for shipping by wrapping or packing books and stacking boxes on pallets.
  • Trim edges of books to size, using cutting machines, book trimming machines, or hand cutters.
  • Set up or operate bindery machines, such as coil binders, thermal or tape binders, plastic comb binders, or specialty binders.
  • Install or adjust bindery machine devices, such as knives, guides, rollers, rounding forms, creasing rams, or clamps, to accommodate sheets, signatures, or books of specified sizes.