Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

43-9011 Computer Operators

Monitor and control electronic computer and peripheral electronic data processing equipment to process business, scientific, engineering, and other data according to operating instructions. Monitor and respond to operating and error messages. May enter commands at a computer terminal and set controls on computer and peripheral devices. Excludes "Computer Occupations" (15-1100) and "Data Entry Keyers" (43-9021).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
51,510 1.9 % $20.26 $42,140 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.07 $14.56 $19.43 $25.63 $29.58
Annual Wage (2) $23,020 $30,280 $40,420 $53,300 $61,520


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,780 0.25 $19.69 $40,950
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,750 0.17 $20.27 $42,160
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 3,740 1.28 $19.19 $39,910
Employment Services 2,680 0.07 $21.65 $45,030
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,150 0.04 $20.88 $43,420

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 3,740 1.28 $19.19 $39,910
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 60 0.33 $25.30 $52,620
Office Administrative Services 1,170 0.25 $20.75 $43,160
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,780 0.25 $19.69 $40,950
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation 690 0.24 $19.88 $41,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 270 0.07 $33.89 $70,500
Postal Service 1,510 0.24 $27.85 $57,920
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 60 0.33 $25.30 $52,620
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 30 0.01 $25.19 $52,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 360 0.02 $25.15 $52,310


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,830 0.31 0.83 $21.65 $45,020
New York 4,460 0.50 1.33 $19.49 $40,530
Texas 4,290 0.37 0.99 $19.83 $41,250
Pennsylvania 2,780 0.49 1.30 $19.88 $41,350
Georgia 2,350 0.57 1.53 $18.29 $38,030



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 1,090 1.14 3.05 $16.21 $33,720
Arkansas 960 0.82 2.20 $17.42 $36,230
Tennessee 2,130 0.76 2.03 $19.60 $40,760
Rhode Island 310 0.66 1.76 $23.86 $49,630
New Jersey 2,340 0.60 1.60 $22.47 $46,730



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 140 0.20 0.54 $26.56 $55,240
Alaska 170 0.51 1.38 $25.89 $53,840
Colorado 520 0.21 0.56 $25.72 $53,490
Illinois 2,140 0.37 0.98 $24.94 $51,880
Massachusetts 1,570 0.46 1.24 $24.10 $50,130




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,360 0.52 1.39 $20.08 $41,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,670 0.67 1.80 $17.34 $36,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.66 1.78 $21.04 $43,770
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.40 1.07 $25.93 $53,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.31 0.83 $21.68 $45,090
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,050 0.80 2.13 $21.70 $45,130
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 910 0.52 1.39 $25.37 $52,780
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 910 0.31 0.83 $22.44 $46,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 870 0.36 0.96 $23.43 $48,740
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 860 0.98 2.62 $20.37 $42,360



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grand Island, NE 70 1.67 4.47 $13.37 $27,820
Johnson City, TN 120 1.52 4.08 $17.55 $36,500
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 680 1.43 3.83 $16.28 $33,860
Springfield, IL 140 1.31 3.51 $26.14 $54,380
Bloomington, IN 90 1.29 3.45 $21.25 $44,190
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 130 1.27 3.40 $22.61 $47,020
New Bedford, MA 80 1.26 3.38 $22.29 $46,370
Hot Springs, AR 40 1.16 3.12 $13.62 $28,340
Dover, DE 70 1.15 3.07 $21.48 $44,680
Binghamton, NY 110 1.11 2.97 $15.50 $32,240