Computer Operator Salary

Computer Operators in the United States can expect wages of $17.51 per hour on average. Total incomes of Computer Operators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $3K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $26K and $60K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number 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 majority of Computer Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,509 - $65,002
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$65K
MEDIAN: $43,492
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$11.66 - $25.87
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,509 - $65,002  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,992  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $2,500  
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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$25,939 - $59,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $25.87  
   
Overtime
$15.24 - $41.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,992  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $2,500  
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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$25,939 - $59,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 510
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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 who go on to become Information Technology Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Information Technology Project Managers is $86K annually. Computer Operators typically move into roles as Mainframe Computer Operators or Information Technology Specialists, and those positions pay $1K more and $8K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Computer Operator


Computer Operators seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people familiar with 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. Computer Operators bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Computer Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $48K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Computer Operators, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 41 percent above the national average. Computer Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+36 percent), New York (+30 percent), Memphis (+9 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Houston (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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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

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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
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 17%
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