A-Operators in the United States take home approximately $16.70 per hour on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more male A-Operators survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for A-Operators is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,084 - $98,633
(Median)
$27K
$51K
$99K
MEDIAN: $51,444
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$11.69 - $28.48
(Median)
$12
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$27,084 - $98,633  
   
Bonus
$1,600  
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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$25,350 - $72,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $28.48  
   
Overtime
$17.26 - $44.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,600  
   
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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$25,350 - $72,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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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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For A-Operators, progressing to a Production Supervisor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Production Supervisor can earn $51K annually. Going from A-Operator to Heavy Equipment Operator is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $42K. Many others choose to work as Production Operators, where pay is typically $36K.

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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 many A-Operators, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $36K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $42K. A-Operators bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $58K.

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Experience Affects A-Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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