Printer Salary Canada

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Average Printing Press Operator’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Printing Press Operators.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 7381.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: printing press operator, first pressman, job printer, proof press operator and rotogravure press operator.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $30.03 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages earned are $18 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $40,000 – $60,000.

Government labour market data indicates that the number of job seekers will be larger than job vacancies in this profession for the near future. Advances in information technology are expected to reduce demand and newspaper and magazine circulation is expected to continue to decrease.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Printing Press Operators in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 17.41 30.03 41.50 2017
Edmonton – Alberta*(1) 17.41 30.03 41.50 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 12.81 25.00 31.63 2016
Winnipeg – Manitoba(1) 13.00 20.00 29.50 2015
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 12.40 18.00 26.00 2014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 12.40 18.00 26.00 2014
Toronto – Ontario 12.00 20.00 37.00 2014
Ottawa – Ontario 11.60 22.50 31.00 2016
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 12.00 23.00 35.00 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 12.00 23.00 35.00 2016
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 12.36 19.00 26.43 2016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan(1) 14.00 21.10 31.00 2013


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Mounting plates or cylinders and making necessary adjustments
›› Setting up press and checking samples for ink coverage, alignment and registration
›› Monitoring press run for quality consistency
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for maintenance and equipment operation trades, which includes printing press operators, is $29.53. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,144, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $59,500.

Number in employment

There are over 23,000 printing press operators and other related trades & occupations working in Canada.

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