A-Operator Salary

Average A-Operators in the United States make around $17.01 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — approximately one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. The vast majority of A-Operators (88 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,532 - $99,329
$26K
$67K
$99K
MEDIAN: $67,304
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50%
90%

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$10.77 - $28.48
$11
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $17.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$25,532 - $99,329  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,338  
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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$24,662 - $72,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $28.48  
   
Overtime
$17.06 - $40.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,338  
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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$24,662 - $72,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 96

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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

  • 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.
  • Notifies supervisory personnel of production and maintenance issues that require corrective action.
  • Enters production data in computer of handwritten logs and reports.
  • Monitors and interprets meters, gauges, pumps, compressors, instrument readings and charts.

Common Career Paths for A-Operator


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A-Operators who go on to become Production Supervisors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Production Supervisors is $51K annually. A Heavy Equipment Operator role is the most common promotion for A-Operators moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $42K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for A-Operators is a Production Operator position, where earnings are usually $36K.

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Pay by Experience Level for A-Operator

Pay by Experience for an A-Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level A-Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 69 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An A-Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 37 salaries. An experienced A-Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 29 salaries. An A-Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 8 salaries.

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Key Stats for A-Operator

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects A-Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲71%

Experienced
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 26%