Office Machine Operators, Except Computer
SOC: 43-9071.00


Operate one or more of a variety of office machines, such as photocopying, photographic, and duplicating machines, or other office machines.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
69,600 employed

Projected (2024):
58,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Braille Coder
  • Braille Duplicating Machine Operator
  • Business Machine Operator
  • Check Embosser
  • Check Writing Machine Operator
  • Clerical Offset Duplicating Machine Operator
  • Coin Machine Operator
  • Coin Rolling Machine Operator
  • Coin Wrapping Machine Operator
  • Collating Machine Operator
  • Collator Operator
  • Compotype Operator
  • Copy Center Operator
  • Copy Machine Operator
  • Copy Operator
  • Copy Room Technician
  • Copy Technician
  • Dexigraph Operator
  • Ditto Machine Operator
  • Document Photographer
  • Duplicating Machine Operator
  • Duplicator
  • Dupligraph Operator
  • Embossing Machine Operator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphics Production Specialist
  • Graphotype Operator
  • Impress Associate
  • Key Operator
  • Line-O-Scribe Operator
  • Machine Operator
  • Mail Clerk
  • Micro Photographer
  • Microfilm Camera Operator
  • Microfilm Machine Operator
  • Microfilm Mounter
  • Microfilm Operator
  • Microfilm or Microfiche Camera Operator
  • Microfilmer
  • Mimeograph Operator
  • Mimeographer
  • Multigraph Operator
  • Multigrapher
  • Multilith Operator
  • Office Machine Embossograph Operator
  • Offset Duplicating Machine Operator
  • Photocopy Operator
  • Photocopying Machine Operator
  • Photographic Machine Operator
  • Photostat Operator
  • Photostatic Copy Maker
  • Print Center Specialist
  • Printing Services Coordinator
  • Printing Sign Machine Operator
  • Production Manager
  • Production Operator
  • Production Specialist
  • Project Coordinator
  • Proof Clerk
  • Proof Machine Operator
  • Proof Operator
  • Recordak Operator
  • Reprographics Associate
  • Reprographics Technician
  • Retail Consultant
  • Scanning Clerk
  • Set-O-Type Operator
  • Shipping Specialist
  • Ticket Machine Operator
  • Transit Clerk
  • Transit Department Clerk
  • Transit Proof Machine Operator
  • Xerox Machine Operator

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Read job orders to determine the type of work to be done, the quantities to be produced, and the materials needed.
  • Operate office machines such as high speed business photocopiers, readers, scanners, addressing machines, stencil-cutting machines, microfilm readers or printers, folding and inserting machines, bursters, and binder machines.
  • Place original copies in feed trays, feed originals into feed rolls, or position originals on tables beneath camera lenses.
  • Compute prices for services and receive payment, or provide supervisors with billing information.
  • Sort, assemble, and proof completed work.
  • Set up and adjust machines, regulating factors such as speed, ink flow, focus, and number of copies.
  • Monitor machine operation, and make adjustments as necessary to ensure proper operation.
  • Load machines with materials such as blank paper or film.
  • Maintain stock of supplies, and requisition any needed items.
  • File and store completed documents.
  • Clean machines, perform minor repairs, and report major repair needs.
  • Operate auxiliary machines such as collators, pad and tablet making machines, staplers, and paper punching, folding, cutting, and perforating machines.
  • Complete records of production, including work volumes and outputs, materials used, and any backlogs.
  • Deliver completed work.
  • Prepare and process papers for use in scanning, microfilming, and microfiche.
  • Cut copies apart and write identifying information, such as page numbers or titles, on copies.
  • Clean and file master copies or plates.
  • Move heat units and clamping frames over screen beds to form Braille impressions on pages, raising frames to release individual copies.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automated microfilm processors
  • Automatic labeling equipment
  • Barcode scanners
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer form printers
  • Copy machines
  • Embossing machines
  • Form separators
  • Graphic plotters
  • High speed impact printers
  • Inkjet facsimile machines
  • Lithographic presses
  • Mail addressing machines
  • Mail opening equipment
  • Mail sorting machines
  • Microfiche duplicators
  • Microfilm duplicators
  • Microfilm readers
  • Paper binding machines
  • Paper collators
  • Paper joggers
  • Parallel folding equipment
  • Personal computers
  • Thermal binder machines
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word

  • office and administrative support

    industry stats

    SOC: 43-0000

    Total Employed: 21,846,420

    Average Annual Salary: $36,330