Computer Operator Salary Information

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 [1].

Table 1. Computer Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,360
25th Percentile Wage
$32,120
50th Percentile Wage
$42,270
75th Percentile Wage
$55,730
90th Percentile Wage
$63,430

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of computer operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201642,2704.38%9.18%
201540,4202.05%-
201439,5901.82%-
201338,8701.23%-
201238,390--

Table 2. Computer Operator Salary by Industry Sector

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
Utilities
$66,990
Transportation and Warehousing
$57,970
Federal, State, and Local Government
$45,370
Wholesale Trade
$43,310
Finance and Insurance
$41,840
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$41,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,480
Information
$41,250
Educational Services
$41,200
Health Care and Social Assistance
$40,740
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,270
Mining
$40,060
Manufacturing
$38,870
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$38,440
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$37,780
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$36,890
Construction
$35,100
Retail Trade
$34,950
Accommodation and Food Services
$33,190
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$30,190

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Computer Operators by States

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
$56,740
Connecticut
$54,430
Alaska
$52,640
Rhode Island
$52,040
Massachusetts
$50,450
Colorado
$49,160
Illinois
$48,820
Washington
$48,690
California
$48,610
New Jersey
$46,330
Idaho
$45,790
Minnesota
$45,000
Vermont
$44,780
Florida
$44,670
Virginia
$44,270
New Hampshire
$43,780
Delaware
$43,670
Wisconsin
$43,600
Nevada
$42,780
Arizona
$42,610
Iowa
$42,210
Kansas
$42,120
Pennsylvania
$41,440
Utah
$41,210
Wyoming
$41,120
Missouri
$40,840
Kentucky
$40,720
North Dakota
$40,680
Hawaii
$40,480
South Carolina
$40,460
Tennessee
$40,240
New York
$40,230
Oregon
$40,170
Texas
$39,950
Michigan
$39,920
New Mexico
$39,830
Indiana
$39,800
North Carolina
$39,270
Ohio
$38,840
Louisiana
$38,630
Georgia
$36,880
Arkansas
$36,440
West Virginia
$36,410
Alabama
$35,750
Nebraska
$35,100
Maryland
$35,060
Mississippi
$34,410
South Dakota
$34,390
Guam
$32,670
Maine
$32,500
Oklahoma
$32,290
Montana
$31,380
Puerto Rico
$19,000


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