Computer Operator Salary
Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Computer Operators. The median take-home amount in this area is around $42K, and on average, just below two-thirds of that final number comes from commissions. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Computer Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Operators who answered the questionnnaire. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$29,038 - $241,986|
|Bonus||$484.79 - $10,416|
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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).)
|$26,165 - $147,012|
|Hourly Rate||$11.58 - $25.73|
|Overtime||$15.31 - $51.92|
|Bonus||$484.79 - $10,416|
|Total Pay (||$26,165 - $147,012|
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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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 who go on to become Information Technology Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Information Technology Managers is $78K annually. Becoming a Mainframe Computer Operator or an Information Technology Specialist is often the next step for a Computer Operator.
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Popular Skills for Computer Operator
Survey results suggest that Computer Operators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Windows 2003 Server, AS/400, Mainframe, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Windows Operating System General Use, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in Network Support and Mainframe. Those proficient in Windows Operating System General Use are, more often than not, also skilled in Mainframe and Network Support.
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
Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Operators, 40 percent higher than the national average. Computer Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+29 percent), New York (+25 percent), Dallas (+21 percent), and Boston (+21 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Atlanta Computer Operators earning much less — 40 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Chicago (16 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).
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