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
Southeast Minnesota 19087$18.12/hr$12.24/hr$13.59/hr$16.55/hr$22.02/hr$28.17/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 Click link for details 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.