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Salary, Wages, Pay: Computer Operators




Median annual earnings of computer operators were $29,650 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between about $23,040 and $37,950 a year. The highest 10 percent earned more than $46,780, and the lowest 10 percent earned less than $18,610. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of computer operators in 2002 are shown below:

Management of companies and enterprises $32,770
Computer systems design and related services 30,280
General medical and surgical hospitals 28,130
Data processing, hosting, and related services 27,440
Depository credit intermediation 24,160

The average salary for computer operators employed by the Federal Government was $41,117 in 2003.

According to Robert Half International, the average starting salaries for computer operators ranged from $28,250 to $38,500 in 2003. Salaries generally are higher in large organizations than in small ones.