Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
58,060 2.1 % $19.83 $41,240 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.13 $14.38 $19.03 $24.88 $28.91
Annual Wage (2) $23,140 $29,900 $39,590 $51,740 $60,130


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)
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 4,660 1.70 $19.50 $40,570
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,400 0.25 $19.83 $41,240
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,340 0.20 $19.99 $41,580
Employment Services 3,050 0.09 $20.92 $43,520
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,760 0.05 $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 4,660 1.70 $19.50 $40,570
Office Administrative Services 1,370 0.30 $19.44 $40,430
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation 750 0.26 $19.16 $39,850
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,400 0.25 $19.83 $41,240
Postal Service 1,420 0.23 $27.42 $57,030

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 300 0.08 $30.36 $63,160
Postal Service 1,420 0.23 $27.42 $57,030
Technical and Trade Schools (8) (8) $25.96 $54,000
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 390 0.02 $24.95 $51,890
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 70 0.03 $24.08 $50,090


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 5,380 0.36 0.83 $21.71 $45,150
Texas 4,580 0.41 0.95 $19.06 $39,650
New York 4,320 0.49 1.14 $20.52 $42,680
Georgia 3,460 0.87 2.02 $17.70 $36,820
Pennsylvania 3,270 0.58 1.35 $19.23 $39,990



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 1,270 1.35 3.14 $14.63 $30,430
Georgia 3,460 0.87 2.02 $17.70 $36,820
Arkansas 1,000 0.86 2.01 $16.74 $34,830
Tennessee 2,180 0.79 1.84 $18.71 $38,920
Delaware 300 0.70 1.63 $21.72 $45,190



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 170 0.26 0.60 $26.70 $55,530
Alaska 210 0.65 1.51 $26.19 $54,480
Colorado 480 0.20 0.47 $23.97 $49,860
Illinois 2,250 0.39 0.91 $23.95 $49,810
Rhode Island 310 0.67 1.56 $22.90 $47,630




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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,630 0.49 1.13 $20.59 $42,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,580 1.08 2.52 $17.57 $36,550
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,590 0.42 0.99 $24.74 $51,460
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,490 0.67 1.55 $20.88 $43,430
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,440 1.10 2.57 $22.35 $46,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.35 0.81 $21.01 $43,690
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,380 0.77 1.79 $21.29 $44,290
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.67 1.57 $21.38 $44,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.46 1.07 $24.55 $51,070
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 980 0.35 0.80 $21.36 $44,420



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)
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 300 2.56 5.96 $12.77 $26,570
Hot Springs, AR 70 1.84 4.28 $13.27 $27,600
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 150 1.52 3.53 $22.56 $46,930
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 700 1.50 3.49 $15.17 $31,560
Johnson City, TN 110 1.42 3.31 (8) (8)
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 50 1.27 2.95 $23.50 $48,880
Springfield, IL 130 1.23 2.86 $24.91 $51,810
Lincoln, NE 200 1.20 2.80 $15.06 $31,320
New Bedford, MA 80 1.19 2.78 $21.73 $45,190
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 230 1.17 2.73 $17.37 $36,130



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.01 2.35 $27.09 $56,340
Springfield, MA-CT 150 0.51 1.18 $26.82 $55,780
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 120 0.60 1.40 $26.46 $55,030
Anchorage, AK 140 0.80 1.86 $26.26 $54,610
Colorado Springs, CO 80 0.30 0.71 $26.10 $54,290
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 180 0.79 1.84 $25.17 $52,340
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 150 0.77 1.79 $25.16 $52,320
Springfield, IL 130 1.23 2.86 $24.91 $51,810
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.90 $51,790
Boulder, CO 30 0.18 0.43 $24.84 $51,670

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 200 2.51 5.83 $13.03 $27,110
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 170 0.92 2.13 $23.44 $48,740
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 150 0.67 1.55 $17.69 $36,800
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 100 0.98 2.29 $12.76 $26,540
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.25 0.58 $14.45 $30,060

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 200 2.51 5.83 $13.03 $27,110
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 100 0.98 2.29 $12.76 $26,540
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 170 0.92 2.13 $23.44 $48,740
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.89 2.08 (8) (8)
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.74 1.72 $14.50 $30,160

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.81 $49,520
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 170 0.92 2.13 $23.44 $48,740
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.58 $22.07 $45,900
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.00 $43,670
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.61 $42,860


About May 2014 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015