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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Computer Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,860
25th Percentile Wage
$33,760
50th Percentile Wage
$44,270
75th Percentile Wage
$57,030
90th Percentile Wage
$64,050

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 $64,050. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $44,270. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,860. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 147% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of computer operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$44,270
4.52% 13.28%
2016
$42,270
4.38% -
2015
$40,420
2.05% -
2014
$39,590
1.82% -
2013
$38,870
1.23% -
2012
$38,390
- -

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 $69,660. The lowest paying sector is the real estate and rental and leasing sector (annual salary $35,220).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$69,660
Transportation and Warehousing
$58,820
Mining
$55,370
Federal, State, and Local Government
$46,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$44,850
Wholesale Trade
$44,750
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$43,920
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$43,020
Finance and Insurance
$42,910
Construction
$42,810
Health Care and Social Assistance
$42,390
Information
$41,950
Manufacturing
$40,890
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$40,470
Educational Services
$40,470
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$38,350
Accommodation and Food Services
$37,750
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$36,890
Retail Trade
$36,420
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$35,220

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 $19,090 to $57,650. The highest paying state for computer operators is Alaska with a median annual salary of $57,650. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,090. For more salary information of computer operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$57,650
District of Columbia
$57,620
Connecticut
$55,240
Rhode Island
$54,840
Washington
$52,050
Massachusetts
$51,530
Wisconsin
$50,290
California
$50,170
Nevada
$49,740
Illinois
$48,980
Minnesota
$48,900
Hawaii
$48,570
Colorado
$48,310
Virginia
$47,880
North Dakota
$46,950
Kansas
$46,540
New Jersey
$45,820
Idaho
$44,600
Maryland
$44,550
New Hampshire
$44,000
Arizona
$43,700
Oregon
$43,670
Iowa
$43,630
Texas
$43,140
New York
$43,110
Florida
$42,910
Delaware
$42,320
North Carolina
$42,320
Michigan
$42,270
South Carolina
$42,050
Utah
$42,050
Pennsylvania
$41,810
Tennessee
$41,490
Nebraska
$40,920
Georgia
$39,600
Wyoming
$39,350
New Mexico
$39,210
Ohio
$39,160
Kentucky
$39,060
Alabama
$38,870
Oklahoma
$38,660
Missouri
$38,490
Indiana
$38,210
Louisiana
$38,210
Vermont
$37,690
Mississippi
$36,840
West Virginia
$34,810
Montana
$34,690
South Dakota
$34,390
Guam
$33,820
Arkansas
$31,860
Maine
$30,120
Puerto Rico
$19,090



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