A-Operator Salary

A-Operators in the United States take home an average $17.10 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, A-Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of A-Operators (84 percent) who took the survey are men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$25,548 - $79,928
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$80K
MEDIAN: $44,052
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$10.86 - $28.31
(Median)
$11
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$25,548 - $79,928  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,213  
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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$24,283 - $73,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $28.31  
   
Overtime
$13.40 - $48.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,213  
   
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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$24,283 - $73,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 250
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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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Many A-Operators move into a Heavy Equipment Operator role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Heavy Equipment Operators on average bring in a similar salary to A-Operators. An A-Operator often moves on to become a Production Operator or an Equipment Operator.

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Pay by Experience Level for A-Operator

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $37K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $41K. On average, A-Operators make $43K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $51K.

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Experience Affects A-Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 15%
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