Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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)
133,230 1.4 % $15.93 $33,140 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.40 $11.77 $15.16 $19.44 $23.79
Annual Wage (2) $19,550 $24,490 $31,540 $40,440 $49,490

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Depository credit intermediation 8,230 $13.43 $27,920
Management of companies and enterprises 7,490 $16.81 $34,970
Data processing and related services 7,270 $14.60 $30,360
Computer systems design and related services 7,230 $16.61 $34,550
Colleges and universities 6,450 $15.35 $31,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rail transportation 40 $26.33 $54,760
Natural gas distribution 100 $23.21 $48,280
Postal service 1,730 $22.97 $47,780
Securities and commodity exchanges 260 $21.96 $45,670
Activities related to credit intermediation 1,130 $21.92 $45,590

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
Tennessee 4,030 $13.92 $28,950 0.151%
Vermont 430 $13.47 $28,020 0.145%
Rhode Island 690 $15.35 $31,930 0.144%
New Jersey 5,350 $17.52 $36,450 0.137%
New York 11,140 $16.35 $34,010 0.134%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 700 $20.51 $42,660 0.115%
Illinois 5,520 $18.42 $38,320 0.096%
Alaska 150 $18.38 $38,230 0.051%
Colorado 2,150 $18.02 $37,470 0.101%
Connecticut 1,770 $17.92 $37,270 0.108%

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
Utica-Rome, NY MSA 380 $12.31 $25,600 0.298%
Dubuque, IA MSA 140 $12.17 $25,320 0.273%
Columbia, MO MSA 200 $12.58 $26,170 0.258%
Des Moines, IA MSA 740 $14.65 $30,470 0.253%
Tallahassee, FL MSA 390 $15.25 $31,730 0.249%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 930 $20.84 $43,340 0.098%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 270 $20.47 $42,570 0.136%
Chicago, IL PMSA 4,030 $19.90 $41,400 0.101%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 310 $19.69 $40,960 0.201%
Danbury, CT PMSA 90 $19.60 $40,780 0.099%

About November 2004 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.

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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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November 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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