Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
46,810 2.3 % $21.10 $43,880 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.71 $15.44 $20.32 $26.79 $30.50
Annual Wage (2) $24,360 $32,120 $42,270 $55,730 $63,430


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 4,580 0.23 $20.73 $43,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,630 0.16 $20.73 $43,130
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 3,270 1.11 $20.65 $42,960
Employment Services 2,340 0.06 $21.77 $45,290
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,970 0.04 $21.96 $45,670

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 3,270 1.11 $20.65 $42,960
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation 710 0.25 $20.74 $43,150
Postal Service 1,490 0.24 $27.78 $57,780
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,580 0.23 $20.73 $43,110
Office Administrative Services 980 0.20 $22.52 $46,840

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 360 0.09 $33.34 $69,340
Postal Service 1,490 0.24 $27.78 $57,780
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.02 $25.99 $54,060
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 30 0.03 $25.83 $53,730
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 320 0.02 $25.73 $53,510


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 4,430 0.49 1.46 $20.31 $42,250
California 4,080 0.26 0.77 $23.36 $48,580
Texas 3,750 0.32 0.96 $20.66 $42,980
New Jersey 2,480 0.63 1.88 $22.10 $45,960
Tennessee 2,180 0.75 2.26 $20.22 $42,060




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 1,030 1.07 3.20 $18.48 $38,430
Tennessee 2,180 0.75 2.26 $20.22 $42,060
Arkansas 900 0.75 2.26 $17.66 $36,740
Hawaii 410 0.65 1.94 $20.70 $43,050
New Jersey 2,480 0.63 1.88 $22.10 $45,960




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 130 0.18 0.54 $26.60 $55,330
Alaska 140 0.44 1.33 $25.68 $53,400
Rhode Island 260 0.55 1.63 $25.20 $52,420
Colorado 440 0.17 0.52 $25.11 $52,230
Illinois 1,920 0.33 0.98 $24.63 $51,230





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 3,390 0.52 1.55 $21.00 $43,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,420 0.56 1.67 $18.36 $38,200
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.54 1.61 $21.62 $44,980
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.35 1.04 $25.52 $53,070
St. Louis, MO-IL 990 0.74 2.21 $20.75 $43,160
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 900 0.50 1.50 $25.54 $53,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 900 0.21 0.64 $23.95 $49,820
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 830 0.91 2.72 $21.62 $44,980
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 760 0.26 0.78 $22.55 $46,910
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 700 1.45 4.36 $18.29 $38,040




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)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 700 1.45 4.36 $18.29 $38,040
Bloomington, IN 80 1.22 3.67 $22.24 $46,260
Springfield, IL 120 1.10 3.30 $26.02 $54,120
Lincoln, NE 190 1.10 3.29 $19.74 $41,060
Trenton, NJ 240 1.06 3.19 $24.04 $50,000
Dothan, AL 60 1.05 3.14 (8) (8)
Manchester, NH 110 1.03 3.09 $17.29 $35,960
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 830 0.91 2.72 $21.62 $44,980
Jefferson City, MO 60 0.89 2.68 $11.41 $23,740
Knoxville, TN 310 0.81 2.41 $17.38 $36,150