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Computer Operator Salary

An average Computer Operator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $17.15 per hour. Total cash compensation to Computer Operators bottoms out near $26K and approaches $58K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $2K from profit sharing. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Operators who answered the questionnnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$29,454 - $61,480
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MEDIAN: $43,100
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$11.39 - $25.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,454 - $61,480  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,960  
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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$25,700 - $58,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 267
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.39 - $25.26  
   
Overtime
$15.13 - $39.21  
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 - $2,960  
   
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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$25,700 - $58,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 499
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Information Technology Project Manager. The average Information Technology Project Manager bring home $86K per year. 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


Computer Operators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Mainframe, UNIX, Windows 2003 Server, and AS/400 are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Network Support and Mainframe. Those proficient in Windows Operating System General Use 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $33K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $37K. On average, Computer Operators make $43K following one to two decades on the job. Computer Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $46K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Computer Operators will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 44 percent. Computer Operators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent), Memphis (+12 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and Austin (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 2 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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
$39,000



Skills That Affect Computer Operator Salaries

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AS/400
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Network Support
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National Average
$39,000

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Office
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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
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 18%