Printing Press Operators

risk level
Based on 66 votes
-15.5 %
by year 2032
or $20.12 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

78% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

70% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 78% chance of automation.

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What is the likelihood that Printing Press Operators will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Printing Press Operators' job openings is expected to decline 15.5% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Printing Press Operators' was $41,860, or $20 per hour

'Printing Press Operators' were paid 12.9% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 151,450 people employed as 'Printing Press Operators' within the United States.

This represents around 0.10% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Printing Press Operators'.

Job description

Set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, or other printing machines. Includes short-run offset printing presses.

SOC Code: 51-5112.00


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Tejas Virani (Highly likely) says
Expensive wages
In-consistent performance
Limited work hours
High performance machine
Sep 18, 2023 at 12:30 AM
Hoop Jones says
Already digital printing is being implemented on traditional printing presses. The press operators have to make a few clicks and maintain the digital printing head. Certainly within the next decade this will be the new standard.
Dec 27, 2019 at 07:29 AM
Siligrapher says
Digital printing is a gimmick for sales. Low-quality prints that don't last. Quality prints are done with plastisol or waterbased. This isn't changing.
Jan 05, 2022 at 05:00 AM
John A. (Moderate) says
As a printer I see various operations and systems being narrowed down to be run by a small team of maybe 1-4 people for one press that for the most part automatically does everything.
Jun 26, 2019 at 01:57 AM

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