Computer Operator Salary
Commissions constitute a big slice (slightly less than two-thirds on average) of overall compensation for Computer Operators, and the median take-home for this group lies near $40K. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Operators who answered the questionnnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$28,881 - $183,487|
|Bonus||$360.65 - $10,017|
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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).)
|$25,205 - $89,804|
|Hourly Rate||$10.87 - $24.99|
|Overtime||$15.73 - $43.24|
|Bonus||$360.65 - $10,017|
|Total Pay (||$25,205 - $89,804|
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.Read More...
A computer operator must have experience in a mainframe/mini-computer environment, as well as knowledge in computing system operations terminology. They also must be able to use basic computer software such as the Microsoft Office suite, as well as the operating systems of Windows and Macintosh. A computer operator must also be an effective communicator who is able to form effective relationships with superiors and colleagues.
Computer Operator Tasks
- Diagnoses and resolves system problems.
- Support production operations environment including multiple servers, networking, batch processing, backup and related activities.
- Oversee the computer mainframe and supporting system equipment.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Computer Operator
Computer Operators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Information Technology Manager. The average Information Technology Manager brings home $78K per year. When Computer Operators are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Mainframe Computer Operators or Information Technology Specialists. Those roles pay an additional $2K and $8K, respectively.
Popular Skills for Computer Operator
Computer Operators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Windows 2003 Server, AS/400, Mainframe, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Windows Operating System General Use, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. A tool kit that includes Windows Operating System General Use also typically contains Mainframe and Network Support. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Network Support and Mainframe.
Pay by Experience Level for Computer Operator
Pay by Experience for a Computer Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 293 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 124 salaries. An experienced Computer Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 164 salaries. A Computer Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 120 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Computer Operators, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Computer Operators will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+34 percent), New York (+29 percent), Dallas (+26 percent), and Boston (+25 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Atlanta Computer Operators earning much less — 38 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Chicago (13 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).
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