Computer Operator Salary

Average Computer Operators in the United States make around $17.46 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K, overall incomes of Computer Operators spread between $26K and $60K depending on individual performance. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Computer Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male Computer Operators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,522 - $65,202

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$11.60 - $25.92

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,522 - $65,202  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,981  
Profit Sharing
$100.33 - $2,591  
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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$25,811 - $59,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $25.92  
   
Overtime
$15.27 - $41.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,981  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.33 - $2,591  
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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$25,811 - $59,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 514
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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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Computer Operators may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Information Technology Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $86K annually. Computer Operators most often move into positions as Mainframe Computer Operators or Information Technology Specialists; those groups report median salaries that are $1K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Computer Operator


Computer Operators report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Mainframe, Windows 2003 Server, and Network Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Mainframe and Network Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Operator

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


For Computer Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. As Computer Operators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $48K.

Pay Difference by Location


Computer Operators will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 41 percent. Computer Operators will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+36 percent), New York (+30 percent), Memphis (+9 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago.

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What is it like working as a Computer Operator?

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

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Experience Affects Computer Operator Salaries



National Average
$40,000



Skills That Affect Computer Operator Salaries

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Network Support
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National Average
$40,000

AS/400
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 17%
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