Average Computer Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Computer Operator is $17.69.
MEDIAN $17.69
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $26
$411 - $8,204
Profit Sharing
$140 - $20,000
Total Pay
$26,326 - $64,943

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Job Description for Computer Operator

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.

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Popular Skills for Computer Operator

Skills in Mainframe and IBM i are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Network Support, Windows Operating System General Use and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Operator

An entry-level Computer Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.73 based on 140 salaries. An early career Computer Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.78 based on 325 salaries. A mid-career Computer Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.48 based on 187 salaries. An experienced Computer Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.93 based on 254 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $22.
Employees with Computer Operator in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 35.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Dallas, Texas (31.1% more) and Chicago, Illinois (18.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Raleigh, North Carolina (9.7% less), Atlanta, Georgia (3.9% less) and Columbia, South Carolina (1.0% less).

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