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A-Operator Salary

The average A-Operator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.90 per hour. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of A-Operators (84 percent) survey respondents are men. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$25,997 - $81,593
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$82K
MEDIAN: $44,340
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90%

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$10.72 - $29.07
(Median)
$11
$17
$29
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$25,997 - $81,593  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,241  
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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$23,835 - $73,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.72 - $29.07  
   
Overtime
$13.25 - $49.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,241  
   
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).
)
$23,835 - $73,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210

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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.

Common Career Paths for A-Operator


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A-Operators who go on to become Heavy Equipment Operators may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Heavy Equipment Operator, an upper-level role, pays $42K. A Production Operator or an Equipment Operator is a typical transition from an A-Operator role.

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Pay by Experience Level for A-Operator

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


For A-Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. A-Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. As A-Operators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $48K.

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Experience Affects A-Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 13%