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Proofing Machine Operator Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$38,977 (USD)

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Last updated: May 19, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Proofing Machine Operator is $38,977 a year and $19 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Proofing Machine Operator is between $29,581 and $46,750. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Sets up and operates machine to print designs on materials, such as cloth, fiberglass, plastic sheeting, coated felt, or oilcloth: turns handwheel to set pressure on printing rollers, according to specifications.
  • Turns screws to align register marks on printing rollers with register marks on machine, using allen wrench.
  • Sharpens doctor blade, using file and oilstone, and verifies evenness of blade, using straightedge.
  • Aligns doctor blade against printing roller, using handtools.
  • Dips color from tubs into color boxes to supply printing rollers.
  • Scans cloth leaving machine for printing defects, such as smudges, variations in color shades, and designs that are out of register (alignment).
  • Realigns printing rollers and adjusts position of blanket or back gray cloth to absorb excess color from printing rollers.
  • Records yardage of cloth printed.
  • Coordinates printing activities with activities of workers who feed and doff machine and aid in setting up and cleaning machine.
  • May notify colorist when color shade varies from specifications.
  • May mix own colors.
  • May mount printing rollers on machine for change of pattern printing-roller handler.
  • May position knives specified distance from edge of plastic material to trim excess material from edges.
  • When printing samples of new patterns and novelty designs, is designated novelty-printing-machine operator or proofing-machine operator.
  • May set up and operate cloth printing machine utilizing caustic soda paste instead of color paste to print designs on clo.
Proofing Machine Operator Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Printing Press Operators

Job family population: 171,130

Estimated population of Proofing Machine Operator jobs: 3,255

Rate of error: 1.2%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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Proofing Machine Operator Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

Production Systems Engineer
May 6
Julian Electric Inc.
Rotate operators as needed between business units in accordance with training matrix and training ... Oversee installation of machinery and equipment. * Improve manufacturing efficiency by analyzing ...
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