Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
40,400 2.6 % $21.79 $45,320 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.43 $16.23 $21.28 $27.42 $30.79
Annual Wage (2) $25,860 $33,760 $44,270 $57,030 $64,050


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 4,510 0.22 $21.41 $44,520
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 2,640 0.86 $21.69 $45,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,510 0.11 $21.72 $45,180
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,800 0.13 $23.33 $48,530
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only) 1,720 0.09 $20.22 $42,070

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 2,640 0.86 $21.69 $45,110
Postal Service (federal government) 1,480 0.23 $28.20 $58,660
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,510 0.22 $21.41 $44,520
Office Administrative Services 1,010 0.21 $22.81 $47,450
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 170 0.17 $21.13 $43,940

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 310 0.08 $34.17 $71,070
Postal Service (federal government) 1,480 0.23 $28.20 $58,660
Rail Transportation 50 0.02 $27.34 $56,860
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 40 0.07 $26.39 $54,890
Oil and Gas Extraction 50 0.04 $26.39 $54,890


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)
New York 3,920 0.43 1.50 $21.29 $44,290
Texas 3,670 0.31 1.09 $21.67 $45,080
California 3,450 0.21 0.73 $24.11 $50,160
New Jersey 2,240 0.56 1.97 $22.19 $46,140
Florida 2,220 0.26 0.93 $22.42 $46,630




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 680 0.71 2.49 $20.18 $41,980
Tennessee 1,910 0.66 2.31 $20.68 $43,020
Rhode Island 290 0.62 2.17 $25.67 $53,390
New Jersey 2,240 0.56 1.97 $22.19 $46,140
Kansas 720 0.53 1.87 $22.49 $46,770




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 130 0.40 1.42 $28.22 $58,700
District of Columbia 130 0.19 0.66 $26.82 $55,790
Rhode Island 290 0.62 2.17 $25.67 $53,390
Colorado 310 0.12 0.43 $25.55 $53,140
Washington 550 0.17 0.61 $25.46 $52,960



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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 3,020 0.45 1.59 $21.92 $45,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.45 1.58 $20.97 $43,610
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.28 0.99 $23.83 $49,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 850 0.33 1.15 $18.74 $38,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 850 0.19 0.68 $25.47 $52,980
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 790 0.43 1.52 $26.14 $54,370
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 750 0.25 0.90 $25.85 $53,770
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 750 0.79 2.80 $22.03 $45,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 680 0.27 0.95 $23.83 $49,570
Kansas City, MO-KS 610 0.58 2.03 $23.27 $48,400


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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)
Bloomington, IN 80 1.21 4.28 $18.27 $38,010
Manchester, NH 110 1.01 3.57 $16.71 $34,770
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 470 0.97 3.42 $19.40 $40,360
Springfield, IL 100 0.95 3.34 $24.50 $50,960
Knoxville, TN 330 0.88 3.10 $18.78 $39,070
Jefferson City, MO 60 0.86 3.03 $12.13 $25,220
Trenton, NJ 200 0.85 3.01 $24.38 $50,700
Lincoln, NE 140 0.80 2.81 $22.10 $45,970
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 750 0.79 2.80 $22.03 $45,810
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division 50 0.78 2.76 $23.34 $48,540


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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)
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $29.69 $61,760
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (8) (8) (8) $27.56 $57,320
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.18 0.63 $27.54 $57,290
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 140 0.25 0.87 $27.11 $56,390
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.12 0.41 $27.09 $56,340
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 240 0.16 0.58 $26.62 $55,360
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 260 0.27 0.94 $26.31 $54,720
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 790 0.43 1.52 $26.14 $54,370
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 50 0.52 1.85 $25.89 $53,850
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 750 0.25 0.90 $25.85 $53,770

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)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.59 2.09 $34.70 $72,180
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 1.03 $18.15 $37,760
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 60 0.53 1.86 (8) (8)
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 0.76 $16.84 $35,020
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.09 $15.91 $33,080

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)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.59 2.09 $34.70 $72,180
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 2.03 $21.12 $43,940
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 60 0.53 1.86 (8) (8)
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 1.53 $16.85 $35,050
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.25 $18.26 $37,980

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)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.59 2.09 $34.70 $72,180
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 0.77 $22.14 $46,060
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.71 $21.71 $45,150
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 2.03 $21.12 $43,940
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 0.66 $21.10 $43,880


About May 2017 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 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018