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Computer Operator Salary

For Computer Operators, hourly average wages total $17.44 per hour. In the world of Computer Operators, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $2K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $26K and $60K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Computer Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Operators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,613 - $63,771
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$64K
MEDIAN: $43,768
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$11.51 - $25.85
(Median)
$12
$17
$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
$29,613 - $63,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,995  
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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$25,780 - $59,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.51 - $25.85  
   
Overtime
$15.09 - $41.54  
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 - $2,995  
   
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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$25,780 - $59,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 may progress into high-paying roles like Information Technology Project Manager, where median compensation is $86K annually. As Computer Operators progress in their field, many go on to become Mainframe Computer Operators. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $41K per year. Another common career choice for Computer Operators is to move into a Network Support Technician role. Typically, Network Support Technicians get paid $38K.

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Popular Skills for Computer Operator


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and Windows Operating System General Use. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in Mainframe.

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 $38K. For Computer Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average 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


Computer Operators will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Computer Operators will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+37 percent), New York (+31 percent), Memphis (+10 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 5 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Houston and 3 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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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 128 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 17%
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