Median pay for Scanner Operators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $12.63 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. One-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Scanner Operators survey participants are largely women, dominating at 66 percent. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,168 - $79,463
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$38K
$79K
MEDIAN: $37,500
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$9.46 - $16.35
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$25,168 - $79,463  
   
Bonus
$51.52 - $2,470  
Profit Sharing
$125.00  
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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$20,065 - $39,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.46 - $16.35  
   
Overtime
$14.57 - $28.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$51.52 - $2,470  
   
Profit Sharing
$125.00  
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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$20,065 - $39,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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Job Description for Scanner Operator

Scanner operators are responsible for operating and maintaining scanner equipment for their organization. They are in charge of setting up scanners and making sure all hardware works correctly before use. In addition, they interact with other operators and team members, troubleshoot scanner equipment, read scanner codes, and interact with the scanner to verify software versions and update scanner applications.

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Scanner Operator Tasks

  • Monitor and maintain equipment, correcting problems and calibrating when required.
  • Quality check all scanned documents, correcting malfunctions and processing to ensure a legible, usable digital file is created.
  • Organize documents and files, preparing and scanning all files not in the computer system.
  • Collect, answer, and distribute mail to correct departments.

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Pay by Experience Level for Scanner Operator

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


For Scanner Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $29K. For Scanner Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $30K. Scanner Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Scanner Operator in Houston:
"I wish I knew that this job doesn't have room to advancement."
Imaging/Scanning documents for me is a routine job. The pros is you have decent hours and the job is basically self explanatory. The cons is after the work slows down there is nothing to do. If you are looking to advance in this field you may find out that this job is not built for advancement, you may want to try another field to invest your time in that will lead you to a successful career.

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Experience Affects Scanner Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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