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A-Operator Salary

The average A-Operator in the United States earns approximately $16.92 per hour. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men make up the vast majority of A-Operators (83 percent) who took the survey. Work is enjoyable for A-Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$25,339 - $79,928
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MEDIAN: $41,532
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$10.31 - $29.39
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$25,339 - $79,928  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,443  
Total Pay (?
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$23,121 - $73,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.31 - $29.39  
   
Overtime
$12.72 - $51.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,443  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,121 - $73,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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Job Description for A-Operator

An A-Operator is vital to any oil-welling organization. The A-Operator must operate the production facility, whether it is on land or offshore. A primary responsibility for the A-Operator is to test, maintain and inspect equipment to ensure proper function. This includes both testing the systems and cleaning them on a regular basis. The A-Operator is in charge of the unit of operators at each station, so interpersonal skills are essential as A-Operators will lead and delegate tasks to the lower-level operators.

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A-Operator Tasks

  • Enters production data in computer of handwritten logs and reports.
  • Monitors and interprets meters, gauges, pumps, compressors, instrument readings and charts.
  • Notifies supervisory personnel of production and maintenance issues that require corrective action.
  • Under direct supervision, responsible for performing operations and maintenance duties on a platform production facility.
  • Starts, operates, inspects and performs routine maintenance of facility equipment.

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Pay by Experience Level for A-Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


A-Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $40K on average — a distinctly larger sum. A-Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. A-Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $46K.

Experience Affects A-Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 14%