A-Operator Salary

A-Operators in the United States take home an average $17.07 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. For the most part, A-Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male A-Operators survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,616 - $81,804

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$10.92 - $28.40

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$25,616 - $81,804  
   
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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$24,399 - $73,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.92 - $28.40  
   
Overtime
$13.46 - $48.27  
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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$24,399 - $73,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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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, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level A-Operators earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Heavy Equipment Operator. Becoming a Production Operator or an Equipment Operator is a common 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $36K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $40K on average. For A-Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects A-Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 17%
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