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Computer Operator Salary

The average Computer Operator in the United States earns approximately $17.53 per hour. Final cash compensation to Computer Operators varies from around $26K to approximately $60K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $2K, respectively. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Computer Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. 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. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,495 - $63,076
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,420
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$11.62 - $25.87
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,495 - $63,076  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,997  
Profit Sharing
$100.33 - $2,492  
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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$25,942 - $59,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.62 - $25.87  
   
Overtime
$15.05 - $41.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,997  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.33 - $2,492  
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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$25,942 - $59,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 508
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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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For Computer Operators, progressing to an Information Technology Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Information Technology Project Manager can earn $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


Survey results show that Computer Operators use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Mainframe, Windows 2003 Server, and Network Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 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 experienced in Microsoft Office also know Mainframe.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Operator

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


Computer Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Operators make a median salary of $43K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $48K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Computer Operators in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Austin (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Computer Operator Reviews

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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Windows 2003 Server
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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 127 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 17%
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