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Cost of commercial printing services

Last updated: 24th May 2019


Business cards, company stationery, etc. are used in representing your brand, so it’s important to ensure high-quality printing for these items. However, while it’s a must to check quality, you should also make sure that you’re not overpaying for the printing service.

Where does this pricing data come from?

All prices stated in the above article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Commercial Printing Businesses on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Commercial printing prices from real customers

Anthony from NSW
He needed a 12-metre sign urgently printed and installed. The sign had 3-D lettering and a logo made of Perspex.
TOTAL COST: $3,500
Jasmine from Vic
She needed additional signs printed and installed for a new office location. The job also involved removing existing signs and re-installing them at the new office.
TOTAL COST: $2,000
Kate from NSW
She had posters with a matte finish printed. There were five designs, each with 100 copies.
TOTAL COST: $1,600
Kelvin from Vic
He needed several banners and signs for his business — a total of eight signs that included door graphics and window signs. He also paid to have lamination installed on his existing boards.
TOTAL COST: $1,900
Dannielle from Qld
She wanted the existing sign for her business in Beenleigh corrected. The sign shows an incorrect number, and she wanted a new number printed over it.
TOTAL COST: $1,362

Costs of common commercial printing jobs

Commercial Printing Task Typical Quoted Prices
Small and simple outdoor sign $400
Print two banners $500
Logo printing on balloons $800
Print vehicle stickers $520
Print posters $500
Print decals for glass doors and windows $490
Print and design a vinyl banner $450
Print DL (dimension lengthwise) flyers $400

Know what can affect the cost of your project

A “one-size-fits-all” approach doesn’t apply to commercial printing. It covers such a wide scope that the price for one job can be very different from the price of another. If you’re looking for commercial printing services and want to know how much they cost, you need to ask yourself the following questions:

What do I want printed?

Commercial printing businesses have the machinery to print a variety of items including:

• Business cards
• Posters
• Banners
• Commercial signs
• Flyers and leaflets
• Vehicle signs and stickers
• Promotional materials (mugs, pens, bags, etc.)

Of course, printing these things will vary in cost. Simple business cards may not require a large amount, but that won’t be the case for printing a commercial sign.

How many do I need printed?

Finalise the number of pieces that you need before you go ahead with your printing job. This way, you can avoid over-printing and wasting money.

What’s the size of the material?

For outdoor signs and banners, you can expect to shell out more cash if you need them printed in a larger format.

Do I need any additional services?

Design is a common additional service provided by commercial printing businesses. Many offer “design and print” packages, which can actually be more cost-effective than hiring a graphic designer from a different company. Other extra services include removal of old signs and transferring existing signs to new locations. Of course, these services can affect the final cost of your job.

Make sure that you get the most out of your money by hiring only skilled and experienced commercial printing specialists. You can find tons of them on

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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