Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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. May enter commands at a computer terminal and set controls on computer and peripheral devices. Monitor and respond to operating and error messages. Exclude "Data Entry Keyers" (43-9021).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
150,030 1.5 % $15.48 $32,190 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.10 $11.32 $14.59 $18.69 $23.01
Annual Wage (2) $18,930 $23,550 $30,340 $38,880 $47,850

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Management of companies and enterprises 8,980 $16.70 $34,730
Depository credit intermediation 7,930 $12.87 $26,770
Data processing and related services 7,100 $14.36 $29,880
Computer systems design and related services 6,740 $16.51 $34,340
Colleges and universities 6,560 $14.16 $29,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Full-service restaurants (7) $23.39 $48,650
Other investment pools and funds 50 $22.70 $47,220
Postal service 1,760 $22.62 $47,040
Activities related to credit intermediation 1,380 $22.49 $46,770
Natural gas distribution 110 $22.43 $46,660

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Nebraska 1,450 $13.92 $28,950 0.165%
Delaware 630 $15.78 $32,810 0.156%
Vermont 450 $12.69 $26,380 0.154%
Tennessee 4,030 $13.16 $27,370 0.154%
Montana 600 $10.54 $21,920 0.152%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 750 $19.55 $40,660 0.126%
Alaska 150 $19.26 $40,050 0.052%
California 18,290 $17.53 $36,470 0.126%
New Jersey 5,710 $17.52 $36,430 0.147%
Colorado 2,470 $17.47 $36,340 0.118%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Las Cruces, NM MSA 190 $12.72 $26,460 0.323%
Madison, WI MSA 840 $12.82 $26,670 0.301%
Topeka, KS MSA 280 $14.16 $29,440 0.292%
Columbus, OH MSA 2,270 $13.89 $28,880 0.269%
Utica-Rome, NY MSA 330 $14.03 $29,180 0.263%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,460 $23.03 $47,890 0.152%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 140 $19.57 $40,700 0.074%
San Jose, CA PMSA 910 $19.20 $39,940 0.106%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 60 $19.16 $39,850 0.066%
Oakland, CA PMSA 1,110 $19.14 $39,800 0.111%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Office and Administrative Support Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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