Computer Operator Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (just under two-thirds on average) of overall compensation for Computer Operators, and the median take-home for this group lies near $42K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Computer Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Computer Operators survey respondents are men (75 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$29,017 - $218,954
$29K
$50K
$220K
MEDIAN: $50,427
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$11.34 - $25.34
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MEDIAN: $16.49
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$0$218K
Salary $29,017 - $218,954
Bonus $496.65 - $10,101
Profit Sharing $3,250
Commission $26,000
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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$25,907 - $109,002
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 270
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $11.34 - $25.34
Hourly Tips $1.82
Overtime $15.40 - $45.82
Annual Data $0$109K
Bonus $496.65 - $10,101
Commission $26,000
Profit Sharing $3,250
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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$25,907 - $109,002
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 338

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Job Description for Computer Operator

A computer operator performs a variety of tasks, including the operation of multiprocessing computers and organizing, maintaining, and distributing related reports. They must able to operate electronic computer systems in a big-data communication environment, as well as be able to read and understand manuals and instructions to perform job duties. Some of the most important functions of a computer operator include having to operate computers, mini/micro computers, printers, PCs, and mainframes. He or she also creates and maintains operations documents and must be able to plan a daily schedule for job control set-up. Additionally, they need to do some math calculations quickly and accurately and type at a fast rate. A computer operator need to have a strong knowledge in the specific operations expected by their organization; they should be able to work independently in performing his or her job duties.

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Computer Operator Tasks

  • Install, maintain, monitor, analyze, and troubleshoot data center equipment and software in support of data center operations.
  • Ensure the processes remain uninterrupted and the program jobs run as scheduled.
  • Oversee the computer mainframe and supporting system equipment.
  • Diagnoses and resolves system problems.
  • Support production operations environment including multiple servers, networking, batch processing, backup and related activities.

Common Career Paths for Computer Operator


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As Computer Operators transition into upper-level roles such as Information Technology Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Information Technology Managers earn $78K on average per year. It is not uncommon for a Computer Operator to continue on to become a Mainframe Computer Operator or an Information Technology Specialist.

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Popular Skills for Computer Operator


Survey results imply that Computer Operators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Windows 2003 Server, AS/400, Mainframe, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Windows Operating System General Use, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people skilled in Windows Operating System General Use are similarly competent in Mainframe and Network Support. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Network Support and Mainframe.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Operator

Pay by Experience for a Computer Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 293 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 124 salaries. An experienced Computer Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 164 salaries. A Computer Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 120 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,611

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Operators, 40 percent higher than the national average. Computer Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+29 percent), New York (+25 percent), Dallas (+22 percent), and Boston (+21 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Computer Operator's salary, with Atlanta Computer Operators earning salaries that are 40 percent less than the national average. Houston and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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Q: What is it like working as a Computer Operator?

Computer Operator in Indian:
"Not to say."
Pros: Meet in front of you. So plz select nd make visa ready. Thank you.
Cons: Nothing but I am so young nd honest person. Thanks.

Computer Operator in Arcadia:
"Stress Level."
Pros: Not a lot of stress.
Cons: No advancement opportunities.

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Key Stats for Computer Operator

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Computer Operator Salaries

▲13%

▲2%

▲2%

National Average
$42,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Computer Operator Salaries


National Average
$42,000

▼6%

▼6%

▼7%





Microsoft Excel
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 18%
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