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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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 10022$21.99/hr$18.83/hr$20.03/hr$21.74/hr$24.34/hr$24.34/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services380$18.17/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/A-6.3%
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/A-17.3%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$18.08/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 60$18.79/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 80$23.42/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 80$19.44/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 100$23.15/hr-15.3%
Northwest Minnesota 100$21.74/hr-19.3%
Southeast Minnesota 100$22.63/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 100$21.74/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,380$23.33/hr-17.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,400$23.19/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,890$23.04/hr-17.1%

  • 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.
  • Insert book bodies in devices that form back edges of books into convex shapes and produce grooves that facilitate cover attachment.
  • 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.
  • Bind new books, using hand tools such as bone folders, knives, hammers, or brass binding tools.
  • Monitor machine operations to detect malfunctions or to determine whether adjustments are needed.
  • Cut cover material to specified dimensions, fitting and gluing material to binder boards by hand or machine.
  • Form book bodies by folding and sewing printed sheets to form signatures and assembling signatures in numerical order.