Print Binding and Finishing Workers
SOC: 51-5113.00


Bind books and other publications or finish printed products by hand or machine. May set up binding and finishing machines.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
51,200 employed

Projected (2024):
44,200 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:

  • Binder
  • Binder Operator
  • Bindery Assistant
  • Bindery Cutter Operator
  • Bindery Helper
  • Bindery Machine Setter/Set-Up Operator
  • Bindery Machine Tender
  • Bindery Operator
  • Bindery Production Manager
  • Bindery Technician
  • Bindery Worker
  • Book Binder
  • Book Coverer
  • Book Cutter
  • Book Mender
  • Book Repairer
  • Book Sewer
  • Book Sewing Machine Operator
  • Bookbinding Machine Operator
  • Bookmaker
  • Books Binder
  • Caser
  • Casing in Line Setter
  • Collating Machine Operator
  • Copy and Print Associate
  • Covering Machine Operator
  • Custom Bookbinder
  • Finisher
  • Foil Stamp Operator
  • Folder Operator
  • Folding Machine Operator
  • Folding Machine Setter
  • Gathering Machine Setter
  • Hand Bindery Assembly Worker
  • Head Bander and Liner Operator
  • Knife Operator
  • Machine Operator
  • Magazine Repairer
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Paperback Machine Operator
  • Perfect Binder Operator
  • Perfect Binder Setter
  • Print Binding and Finishing Worker
  • Print Binding Worker
  • Print Finishing Worker
  • Production Associate
  • Rounding and Backing Machine Operator
  • Saddle and Side Wire Stitcher
  • Saddle Stitch Operator
  • Saddle Stitching Machine Operator
  • Side Stitching Machine Operator
  • Small Machine Bindery Operator
  • Spiral Binder
  • Stitcher Operator
  • Stitching Machine Operator
  • Stitching Machine Setter
  • Tinning Machine Set-Up 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
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • 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
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Apply color to edges of signatures using brushes, pads, or atomizers.
  • Bind new books, using hand tools such as bone folders, knives, hammers, or brass binding tools.
  • Compress sewed or glued signatures, using hand presses or smashing machines.
  • Cut binder boards to specified dimensions, using board shears, hand cutters, or cutting machines.
  • Cut cover material to specified dimensions, fitting and gluing material to binder boards by hand or machine.
  • Design original or special bindings for limited editions or other custom binding projects.
  • Form book bodies by folding and sewing printed sheets to form signatures and assembling signatures in numerical order.
  • Imprint or emboss lettering, designs, or numbers on book covers, using gold, silver, or colored foil, and stamping machines.
  • Insert book bodies in devices that form back edges of books into convex shapes and produce grooves that facilitate cover attachment.
  • Maintain records, such as daily production records, using specified forms.
  • Meet with clients, printers, or designers to discuss job requirements or binding plans.
  • Monitor machine operations to detect malfunctions or to determine whether adjustments are needed.
  • Perform highly skilled hand finishing binding operations, such as grooving or lettering.
  • Punch holes in and fasten paper sheets, signatures, or other material, using hand or machine punches and staplers.
  • Read work orders to determine instructions and specifications for machine set-up.
  • Repair, restore, or rebind old, rare, or damaged books, using hand tools.
  • Set up or operate bindery machines, such as coil binders, thermal or tape binders, plastic comb binders, or specialty binders.
  • Set up or operate glue machines by filling glue reservoirs, turning switches to activate heating elements, or adjusting glue flow or conveyor speed.
  • Set up or operate machines that perform binding operations, such as pressing, folding, or trimming.
  • Stitch or glue endpapers, bindings, backings, or signatures, using sewing machines, glue machines, or glue and brushes.
  • Trim edges of books to size, using cutting machines, book trimming machines, or hand cutters.
  • Examine stitched, collated, bound, or unbound product samples for defects, such as imperfect bindings, ink spots, torn pages, loose pages, or loose or uncut threads.
  • Install or adjust bindery machine devices, such as knives, guides, rollers, rounding forms, creasing rams, or clamps, to accommodate sheets, signatures, or books of specified sizes.
  • Lubricate, clean, or make minor repairs to machine parts to keep machines in working condition.
  • Prepare finished books for shipping by wrapping or packing books and stacking boxes on pallets.
  • Train workers to set up, operate, and use automatic bindery machines.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Band nippers
  • Bindery stackers
  • Board shears
  • Book binding rulers
  • Book stitching equipment
  • Bookbinding awls
  • Bookbinding glue brushes
  • Bookbinding jigs
  • Bookbinding machine conveyors
  • Bookbinding utility knives
  • Buckle folders
  • Case makers
  • Coil binding machines
  • Coil crimping pliers
  • Corner rounders
  • Cover feeders
  • Die cutting equipment
  • Digital duplicating machines
  • Forklifts
  • Glue rollers
  • Guillotine paper cutters
  • Hand dollies
  • Hand trucks
  • Hot foil stamping machines
  • Hydraulic trimmers
  • Knife folders
  • Laminating machines
  • Long nose pliers
  • Padding presses
  • Pallet jacks
  • Paper drills
  • Paper jogging machines
  • Paper knives
  • Paper punching machines
  • Perfect binding machines
  • Perforators
  • Personal computers
  • Plastic comb binding machines
  • Printing collators
  • Punching cradles
  • Push drills
  • Rotary punches
  • Rounding and backing machines
  • Saddle stitchers
  • Scoring machines
  • Shrink wrap machines
  • Signature feeders
  • Smashing machines
  • Spine tapers
  • Spiral coil inserters
  • Strapping machines
  • Tape binding machines
  • Thermal book binding equipment
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Houchen Bindery Library Automated Retrieval System (LARS) software
  • Label printing software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • Smiths Falls Systems LINCPlus software
  • Trade Bindery Software Bindery Estimating System
  • Trade Bindery Software Bindery Management System

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    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220