How much does a Computer Operator I make in the United States? The average Computer Operator I salary in the United States is $48,830 as of April 24, 2024, but the range typically falls between $42,478 and $56,545. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Computer Operator I Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Computer Operator I Salary $36,696 US April 24, 2024
25th Percentile Computer Operator I Salary $42,478 US April 24, 2024
50th Percentile Computer Operator I Salary $48,830 US April 24, 2024
75th Percentile Computer Operator I Salary $56,545 US April 24, 2024
90th Percentile Computer Operator I Salary $63,569 US April 24, 2024
25% $42,478 10% $36,696 90% $63,569 75% $56,545 $48,830 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a Computer Operator I need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem in order to solve it, and make the product or process operational again. Troubleshooting is needed to identify the symptoms. Determining the most likely cause is a process of elimination—eliminating potential causes of a problem. Finally, troubleshooting requires confirmation that the solution restores the product or process to its working state. In general, troubleshooting is the identification or diagnosis of "trouble" in the management flow of a system caused by a failure of some kind. The problem is initially described as symptoms of malfunction, and troubleshooting is the process of determining and remedying the causes of these symptoms. A system can be described in terms of its expected, desired or intended behavior (usually, for artificial systems, its purpose). Events or inputs to the system are expected to generate specific results or outputs. (For example, selecting the "print" option from various computer applications is intended to result in a hardcopy emerging from some specific device). Any unexpected or undesirable behavior is a symptom. Troubleshooting is the process of isolating the specific cause or causes of the symptom. Frequently the symptom is a failure of the product or process to produce any results. (Nothing was printed, for example). Corrective action can then be taken to prevent further failures of a similar kind.


Technical Support: Offering hands-on assistance and solutions to end-users in addressing and troubleshooting technical issues.


IT Support: Assisting with managing, maintaining, and repairing business technology to ensure all IT functions work seamlessly.

Troubleshooting 6.21%
Technical Support 3.66%
IT Support 2.6%
Others 87.53%

Job Description for Computer Operator I

Computer Operator I operates and monitors computer equipment. Uses established procedures to perform routine tasks to maintain required performance standards of computer equipment and its peripherals. Being a Computer Operator I observes peripheral equipment and error messages displayed on the monitor of the terminal to identify faulty output or machine stoppage. May require an associate degree. Additionally, Computer Operator I typically reports to a supervisor. The Computer Operator I works under the close direction of senior personnel in the functional area. Possesses a moderate understanding of general aspects of the job. May require 0-1 year of general work experience. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Career Path for Computer Operator I

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For Computer Operator I, the upper level is Computer Operator II and then progresses to Computer Operations Shift Supervisor.

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Computer Operator I salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Computer Operator I, the highest Computer Operator I salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Computer Operator I salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Computer Operator I salary is in Miami, FL, where the Computer Operator I salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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