Bindery Workers

Binding, or finishing, is the final step in the printing process. Bindery workers take the printed pages that go into books, magazines, pamphlets, catalogs, and other materials and fold, cut, sew, staple, stitch, and/or glue them together to produce the finished product.

Bindery workers typically work in commercial printing plants or specialized bindery shops. Some bindery workers perform highly specialized tasks that require a certain amount of training; other bindery workers perform simple, repetitive tasks that are easily mastered. Approximately 52,000 people are employed in print binding and finishing work in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Fold, cut, sew, staple, stitch, and/or glue finished pages together to produce the finished print product
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Jobs are available throughout the country but the most opportunities are found in large printing centers like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Los Angeles-Long Beach, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience No experience is needed to enter the field, but it takes anywhere from one month to a year to become a full-fledged bindery worker
  • Business Management
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Bindery Supervisor
  • Bindery Worker
  • Helper

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