The salary statistics of computer operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of computer operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The computer operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for computer operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) computer operators is $63,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $42,270. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,360. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 160% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of computer operators from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of computer operators in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for computer operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $66,990. The lowest paying sector is the real estate and rental and leasing sector (annual salary $30,190).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
From the above tables we note that not only computer operators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of computer operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,000 to $56,740. The highest paying state for computer operators is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $56,740. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,000. For more salary information of computer operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New York|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |