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Working as an Auxiliary Operator

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an auxiliary operator. For example, did you know that they make an average of $16.75 an hour? That's $34,835 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow -5% and produce -6,100 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does an Auxiliary Operator Do

There are certain skills that many auxiliary operators have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed analytical skills, math skills and mechanical skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an auxiliary operator, we found that a lot of resumes listed 21.0% of auxiliary operators included plant equipment, while 12.2% of resumes included control room, and 8.9% of resumes included facility. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the auxiliary operator job title. But what industry to start with? Most auxiliary operators actually find jobs in the utilities and construction industries.

How To Become an Auxiliary Operator

If you're interested in becoming an auxiliary operator, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 18.2% of auxiliary operators have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 3.3% of auxiliary operators have master's degrees. Even though some auxiliary operators have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an auxiliary operator. When we researched the most common majors for an auxiliary operator, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on auxiliary operator resumes include bachelor's degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an auxiliary operator. In fact, many auxiliary operator jobs require experience in a role such as machinist mate. Meanwhile, many auxiliary operators also have previous career experience in roles such as control room operator or boiler technician.

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Average Salary$34,835
Job Growth Rate-5%

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Average Salary for an Auxiliary Operator

Auxiliary Operators in America make an average salary of $34,835 per year or $17 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $46,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $26,000 per year.
Average Salary
$34,835

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Auxiliary Operator/Maintenance Worker
Auxiliary Operator/Maintenance Worker
Cortech LLC
Cortech LLC
09/25/2020
09/25/2020
$44,01509/25/2020
$44,015
Combined Cycle Auxiliary Operator
Combined Cycle Auxiliary Operator
LEPA
LEPA
03/31/2020
03/31/2020
$34,68603/31/2020
$34,686
Auxiliary Operator
Auxiliary Operator
UNC Department of Public Safety
UNC Department of Public Safety
12/20/2019
12/20/2019
$31,20012/20/2019
$31,200
Auxiliary Operator
Auxiliary Operator
Land O' Lakes
Land O' Lakes
08/27/2019
08/27/2019
$39,67408/27/2019
$39,674
Auxiliary Operator
Auxiliary Operator
Arizona G&T Cooperatives
Arizona G&T Cooperatives
08/05/2019
08/05/2019
$57,24608/05/2019
$57,246

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Auxiliary Operator Demographics

Gender

male

87.9%

female

9.1%

unknown

2.9%

Ethnicity

White

72.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Black or African American

9.7%

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Russian

20.0%

Amharic

20.0%
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Auxiliary Operator Education

Majors

Degrees

High School Diploma

38.4%

Associate

19.0%

Bachelors

18.2%

Top Colleges for Auxiliary Operators

1. Duke University

Durham, NC

Tuition and fees
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

2. Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Tuition and fees
$56,092
Enrollment
3,583

3. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

Tuition and fees
$53,880
Enrollment
6,590

4. North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

Tuition and fees
$9,101
Enrollment
23,708

5. Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Tuition and fees
$51,711
Enrollment
5,504

6. Vermont Technical College

Randolph, VT

Tuition and fees
$15,108
Enrollment
1,350

7. Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Tuition and fees
$46,950
Enrollment
9,407
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Top Skills For an Auxiliary Operator

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 21.0% of auxiliary operators listed plant equipment on their resume, but soft skills such as analytical skills and math skills are important as well.

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Top Auxiliary Operator Employers

1. Covanta
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$47,662
Auxiliary Operators Hired: 
90+
2. Swagelok
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$39,912
Auxiliary Operators Hired: 
54+
3. Entergy
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$53,213
Auxiliary Operators Hired: 
15+
4. U.S. Navy
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$53,690
Auxiliary Operators Hired: 
13+
5. White Castle Management Co.
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$25,279
Auxiliary Operators Hired: 
13+
6. Duke Energy
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$54,773
Auxiliary Operators Hired: 
12+

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Updated October 2, 2020