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.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Fold, cut, sew, staple, stitch, and/or glue finished pages together to produce the finished print product
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Jobs are available throughout the country with the most opportunities in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Los Angeles-Long Beach, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Business Management
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Bindery Supervisor
  • Bindery Worker
  • Helper

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