Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
82,410 2.9 % $18.43 $38,340 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.79 $13.60 $17.75 $22.59 $27.27
Annual Wage (2) $22,450 $28,280 $36,930 $46,990 $56,730


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)
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 6,310 2.63 $17.92 $37,270
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 5,990 0.42 $17.77 $36,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,270 0.28 $19.00 $39,510
Depository Credit Intermediation 5,000 0.29 $16.02 $33,320
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,870 0.14 $18.15 $37,750

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 6,310 2.63 $17.92 $37,270
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 270 0.63 $17.05 $35,470
Other Information Services 770 0.56 $16.41 $34,130
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 100 0.53 $22.55 $46,900
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation 1,230 0.47 $16.75 $34,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 1,510 0.22 $26.20 $54,490
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 580 0.03 $24.23 $50,400
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 40 0.01 $23.08 $48,000
Support Activities for Air Transportation 110 0.07 $22.98 $47,790
Securities and Commodity Exchanges (8) (8) $22.90 $47,620


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)
California 9,710 0.69 1.07 $19.94 $41,470
New York 7,350 0.88 1.36 $18.57 $38,630
Texas 5,170 0.51 0.79 $18.01 $37,460
Illinois 3,640 0.66 1.02 $21.27 $44,250
Florida 3,520 0.50 0.76 $17.13 $35,620




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 1,590 1.76 2.71 $14.57 $30,300
Delaware 540 1.37 2.11 $18.92 $39,360
Arkansas 1,250 1.10 1.70 $14.45 $30,050
Tennessee 2,650 1.03 1.59 $17.80 $37,030
Rhode Island 450 1.01 1.56 $20.36 $42,360




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 400 0.63 0.97 $26.41 $54,930
Washington 1,140 0.42 0.65 $21.51 $44,730
Illinois 3,640 0.66 1.02 $21.27 $44,250
Hawaii 370 0.65 1.00 $20.99 $43,660
Connecticut 920 0.58 0.89 $20.97 $43,630

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,550 0.91 1.41 $19.22 $39,980
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,760 0.78 1.20 $22.24 $46,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,320 0.61 0.94 $18.90 $39,320
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,010 0.92 1.41 $18.84 $39,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,770 0.77 1.19 $21.57 $44,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.84 1.29 $20.11 $41,820
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,540 0.93 1.43 $20.15 $41,910
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,520 0.90 1.39 $19.54 $40,640
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,380 1.68 2.59 $20.24 $42,100
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,270 1.05 1.62 $20.71 $43,080




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)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 800 4.13 6.38 $13.91 $28,940
Dalton, GA 180 2.82 4.35 $19.77 $41,120
Fairbanks, AK 90 2.44 3.76 $21.06 $43,810
Lincoln, NE 360 2.24 3.45 $15.33 $31,890
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 960 2.17 3.35 $14.80 $30,770
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,380 1.68 2.59 $20.24 $42,100
Chattanooga, TN-GA 360 1.65 2.54 $17.70 $36,810
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 510 1.61 2.49 $19.02 $39,560
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 860 1.56 2.41 $21.92 $45,600
Johnson City, TN 120 1.55 2.40 $16.32 $33,940




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)
Salinas, CA 60 0.36 0.56 $23.95 $49,820
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.36 0.55 $23.67 $49,230
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 70 0.62 0.96 $23.07 $47,990
Fresno, CA 240 0.76 1.17 $22.83 $47,500
Stockton, CA 100 0.49 0.76 $22.62 $47,050
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 280 0.70 1.08 $22.59 $46,980
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.73 1.13 $22.34 $46,470
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 70 0.71 1.09 $22.31 $46,410
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,760 0.78 1.20 $22.24 $46,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 820 0.61 0.94 $22.01 $45,770

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.49 0.75 $12.57 $26,140
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 150 0.67 1.03 $13.74 $28,580
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.74 1.14 $13.09 $27,230
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 0.99 1.52 $13.82 $28,750
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.41 0.63 $15.28 $31,790

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 1.88 2.90 (8) (8)
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 1.52 2.34 $14.57 $30,310
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 110 1.48 2.28 $9.85 $20,490
Hammond nonmetropolitan area 80 1.43 2.21 $16.62 $34,570
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.20 1.86 $18.84 $39,180

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)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.59 0.90 $23.07 $47,980
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 0.36 $22.46 $46,720
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 0.80 $22.11 $45,990
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 1.07 1.65 $21.62 $44,970
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.79 1.22 $20.05 $41,690


About May 2010 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 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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