Computer Operator Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Computer Operator is $16.98 per hour.
Computer Operator Salary (?
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$29,505 - $61,621
(Median)
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42K
52K
62K
MEDIAN: $42,294
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Computer Operator Salary (?
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$11.14 - $25.24
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,505 - $61,621  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,960  
Profit Sharing
$101.01 - $2,564  
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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$25,239 - $58,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.14 - $25.24  
   
Overtime
$15.05 - $38.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.01 - $2,564  
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).
)
$25,239 - $58,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 494
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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.

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Computer Operator Reviews

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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

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$39,000

Skills That Affect Computer Operator Salaries

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$39,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
29%
female alumni
 
Male
71%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 18%