A-Operator Salary

For A-Operators, hourly average wages total $16.93 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of A-Operators (85 percent) who took the survey are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,965 - $86,554
(Median)
$26K
$47K
$87K
MEDIAN: $47,392
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$10.77 - $29.52
(Median)
$11
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$25,965 - $86,554  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,047  
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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$24,173 - $76,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $29.52  
   
Overtime
$14.16 - $49.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,047  
   
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).
)
$24,173 - $76,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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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 Production Supervisors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Production Supervisors is $50K annually. As A-Operators progress in their field, many go on to become Heavy Equipment Operators. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $42K per year. Another common career choice for A-Operators is to move into a Production Operator role. Typically, Production Operators get paid $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.


A-Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $36K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $42K on average. A-Operators see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average A-Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $51K.

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Experience Affects A-Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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