Pay for printers varies depending on experience.
Apprentices usually start on the minimum wage, with pay increasing as they gain skills and complete unit standards.
After completing an apprenticeship, printers usually earn between $39,000 and $50,000.
Senior printers with more than five years’ experience can earn between $62,000 and $93,000.
Source : PrintNZ Industry Report, 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Printers may do some or all of the following :
discuss printing requirements with clients
set up and adjust printing machines
mix ink and solvents, and adjust water and ink flow in machines
monitor and evaluate press operations manually and by computer to check quality of printing
produce a variety of printed products using different types of presses
clean and maintain the printing presses, including minor repairs.
Skills and knowledge
Printers need to have knowledge of :
manual and computerised printing machinery, and how to operate and repair it
printing methods, inks and colours, and the material that the machine prints onto
types of paper and paper sizes.
usually work regular business hours, but may do shift work at nights and weekends to meet deadlines particularly in the newspaper industry
work in printing companies, workshops and factories.
There are no specific requirements to become a printer. Most people start as an assistant at a printing company and then complete an apprenticeship to gain a New Zealand Certificate in Print at both Level 3 and Level 4.
A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include English and maths, processing technologies and digital technologies.
Printers need to be :
skilled at analysing detail and colours
good at basic maths
accurate, with an eye for detail
organised and able to follow instructions
reliable and efficient
able to work well under pressure.
Useful experience for printers includes :
Printers need to have good hand-eye co-ordination, good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) and normal colour vision.
You also need to be reasonably fit and strong as some lifting may be required.