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.

$28,881 - $183,487
$29K
$49K
$180K
MEDIAN: $48,837
10%
50%
90%

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$10.87 - $24.99
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.19
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$28,881 - $183,487  
   
Bonus
$360.65 - $10,017  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Commission
$26,000  
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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$25,205 - $89,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 257
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $24.99  
   
Overtime
$15.73 - $43.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$360.65 - $10,017  
   
Commission
$26,000  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$25,205 - $89,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 347

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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

  • 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


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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.

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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

National Average: $40,165

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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).

Computer Operator Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Computer Operator

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Computer Operator Salaries

▲17%

▲6%

▲5%

National Average
$40,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Computer Operator Salaries


National Average
$40,000

▼3%

▼3%

▼3%





Microsoft Excel
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 19%