Salary for Computer Operators

Also known as:  Computer Peripheral Equipment Operator, Computing Machine Operator, Console Operator, Information Systems Operator

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Computer Operators manage the operation of a computer hardware system, an essential function in today's technological filled world. They work with various types of computers, including network computers and mainframes, maintaining the computer hard drive while resolving any problems that affect the computer's hard drive. The actual duties that are performed vary according to the system that is being used. It is necessary that a high school diploma of a GED be obtained to work in the field but there is also a great deal of training that must be taken.

A Computer Operator receives a salary ranging between 24000 - 36000 depending on seniority. Computer Operators will most likely earn a pay level of Thirty Seven Thousand Eight Hundred dollars every year.

Computer Operators have the highest pay levels in the District of Columbia, which has an average pay rate of close to $55050. People in this career group can receive the best pay in Transportation and Warehousing, where they get compensation, on average, of $56760.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 14.82 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Computer Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Utilities $56,760
Transportation and Warehousing $46,480
Public Administration $41,970
Manufacturing $39,550
Management of Companies and Enterprises $39,510
Wholesale Trade $38,620
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $31,850
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $32,240
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $32,730
Construction $32,770
Other Services (except Public Administration) $34,170
Accommodation and Food Services $34,810
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