Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
67,450 2.1 % $19.25 $40,040 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.97 $14.23 $18.69 $23.85 $28.16
Annual Wage (2) $22,820 $29,590 $38,870 $49,610 $58,570


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 6,250 2.37 $18.57 $38,630
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 5,200 0.31 $19.30 $40,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,070 0.24 $19.75 $41,080
Employment Services 3,300 0.10 $19.61 $40,790
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,220 0.06 $19.29 $40,120

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 6,250 2.37 $18.57 $38,630
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation 1,360 0.48 $19.10 $39,740
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 40 0.44 $19.62 $40,800
Office Administrative Services 1,700 0.39 $19.07 $39,670
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 70 0.39 (8) (8)

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 270 0.07 $29.19 $60,710
Postal Service 1,420 0.23 $26.63 $55,400
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 30 0.02 $25.52 $53,080
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 40 0.04 $24.77 $51,530
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 430 0.02 $24.59 $51,160


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 6,540 0.44 0.87 $20.73 $43,110
Texas 5,560 0.51 1.00 $19.15 $39,840
New York 4,790 0.56 1.09 $19.76 $41,100
Georgia 3,990 1.03 2.02 $17.15 $35,680
Pennsylvania 3,360 0.60 1.17 $18.55 $38,580




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 1,170 1.26 2.47 $15.06 $31,320
Georgia 3,990 1.03 2.02 $17.15 $35,680
Delaware 360 0.87 1.71 $19.97 $41,550
Tennessee 2,330 0.86 1.69 $18.49 $38,460
Rhode Island 380 0.84 1.66 $21.03 $43,740




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 200 0.30 0.59 $27.18 $56,530
Alaska 170 0.54 1.06 $26.14 $54,370
Colorado 540 0.24 0.46 $22.60 $47,010
Nevada 420 0.37 0.72 $22.19 $46,160
Maine 250 0.43 0.84 $21.68 $45,100





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 3,000 0.57 1.12 $20.09 $41,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,950 1.28 2.51 $17.26 $35,900
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,360 0.64 1.25 $19.41 $40,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,830 0.46 0.90 $19.41 $40,370
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,700 0.79 1.55 $20.02 $41,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.60 1.17 $23.64 $49,170
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,400 0.79 1.55 $17.47 $36,340
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,400 1.08 2.13 $22.42 $46,620
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,340 0.77 1.51 $20.83 $43,330
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,320 0.48 0.94 $21.81 $45,370




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)
Janesville, WI 310 5.07 9.97 $9.70 $20,170
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 630 3.03 5.96 $16.91 $35,160
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 300 2.64 5.18 $12.38 $25,760
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 180 1.75 3.43 $21.27 $44,240
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 70 1.71 3.37 $22.27 $46,310
Johnson City, TN 130 1.66 3.27 $16.09 $33,460
Lincoln, NE 270 1.60 3.15 $15.26 $31,740
Springfield, IL 140 1.36 2.67 $24.29 $50,530
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 620 1.36 2.67 $16.00 $33,280
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 80 1.35 2.65 $20.04 $41,690