Computer Operator Salary

For Computer Operators, hourly average wages total $17.48 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 $3K, respectively. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Operators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,535 - $64,886
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$65K
MEDIAN: $43,492
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$11.64 - $25.92
(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
$29,535 - $64,886  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,997  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $2,500  
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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$25,955 - $59,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.64 - $25.92  
   
Overtime
$15.09 - $41.94  
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
$100.00 - $2,500  
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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$25,955 - $59,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 514
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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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At the upper end, Computer Operators who move into an Information Technology Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Information Technology Project Managers is a much higher $86K per year. The most common next step for a Computer Operator is to become a Mainframe Computer Operator or an Information Technology Specialist. The former position pays an additional $1K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Operator


Computer Operators seem to require a number of specific 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Mainframe and Network Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Operator

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 41 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 (+10 percent), and San Diego (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (7 percent lower) and Houston (5 percent lower).

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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$40,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 17%
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