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Lead Operator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$98,000
$66,000
$98,000
$144,000
Did you know that the average lead operator makes $98,369 per year? That's valued at $47.29 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $66,000 and $144,000, meaning lead operators have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most lead operators find a job with retail and technology companies, while others work for energy, technology, and manufacturing companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Washington, Wyoming and Colorado are the top states in the U.S. to pay lead operators the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Seattle, WA
$141,197
Boulder, CO
$117,782
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Map of Lead Operator Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Lead Operators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Lead Operator Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a lead operator is roughly $98,369 per year, which boils down to $47.29 per hour. Interestingly enough, lead operators have the highest salaries in Seattle, WA at about $141,197 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Seattle, WA is $83,000. Additionally, lead operators make more than the average salary in San Francisco, CA, Boulder, CO, Fort Worth, TX, Portland, OR, and Memphis, TN. On a more broad level, lead operator salaries are highest in Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, California, Kentucky, West Virginia, and New Mexico. On the contrary, Pennsylvania, Florida, and New Hampshire offer the lowest lead operator salaries.

City
Average Salary
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
$141,197
$141k
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$124,586
$125k
Boulder, CO
Boulder, CO
$117,782
$118k
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
$110,383
$110k
Portland, OR
Portland, OR
$105,848
$106k
Memphis, TN
Memphis, TN
$105,339
$105k
Draper, UT
Draper, UT
$104,313
$104k
OFallon, MO
OFallon, MO
$103,281
$103k
Rockford, IL
Rockford, IL
$101,595
$102k
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
$99,698
$100k

High Paying Lead Operator Jobs

Average Lead Operator Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a lead operator, being employed by a company such as Hulu or Google would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Adobe and Microsoft also report highly competitive salaries for lead operators.

Company
Average Salary
$143,133
$143k
$132,920
$133k
$119,022
$119k
$118,226
$118k
$116,090
$116k
$115,880
$116k
$112,375
$112k

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Lead Operator Salary History

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    Average Lead Operator Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, lead operator salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that energy, technology, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for lead operators. For example, lead operators make a whopping average salary of $108,951 while working for energy companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $102,422 at technology companies and $101,073 at manufacturing companies. But lead operators may want to avoid working in the transportation industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $77,510.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Energy
    Energy
    $108,951
    $109k
    Technology
    Technology
    $102,422
    $102k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $101,073
    $101k
    Finance
    Finance
    $100,571
    $101k
    Retail
    Retail
    $91,894
    $92k
    Transportation
    Transportation
    $77,510
    $78k

    Lead Operator Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a lead operator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Lead Operator Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
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    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
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    $121,776
    $121,776
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    Correctional Lead Commissary Operator Co
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    Noank, CT
    Noank, CT
    10/22/2020
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    $59,013
    $59,013
    10/22/2020
    Lead Evening Operations Pharmacist (Wage)
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    Charlottesville, VA
    Charlottesville, VA
    10/16/2020
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    $102,993
    $102,993
    10/16/2020
    Melwood
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    Lead Worker Custodial Operations
    Lead Worker Custodial Operations
    Lead Worker Custodial Operations
    Greenbelt, MD
    Greenbelt, MD
    10/03/2020
    10/03/2020
    $34,039
    $34,039
    10/03/2020
    Ag 1 Source
    Ag 1 Source
    Location Operations Leader
    Location Operations Leader
    Location Operations Leader
    Highland, MN
    Highland, MN
    09/28/2020
    09/28/2020
    $100,000
    $100,000
    09/28/2020
    Operations Relationship Lead
    Operations Relationship Lead
    Center Point, IA
    Center Point, IA
    09/25/2020
    09/25/2020
    $25,044
    $25,044
    09/25/2020
    Flow Lead, Central OPS Flow
    Flow Lead, Central OPS Flow
    Tempe, AZ
    Tempe, AZ
    09/19/2020
    09/19/2020
    $45,392
    $45,392
    09/19/2020
    Water Pollution Control Facility Lead Operator
    Water Pollution Control Facility Lead Operator
    Hayward, CA
    Hayward, CA
    09/16/2020
    09/16/2020
    $97,087
    $97,087
    09/16/2020
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Lead Operations Center Technician, GS 9, Norfolk (Internal)
    Lead Operations Center Technician, GS 9, Norfolk (Internal)
    Lead Operations Center Technician, GS 9, Norfolk (Internal)
    Norfolk, VA
    Norfolk, VA
    09/16/2020
    09/16/2020
    $53,160
    $53,160
    09/16/2020
    Lead Refuse Operator
    Lead Refuse Operator
    Fairfax, VA
    Fairfax, VA
    09/12/2020
    09/12/2020
    $44,999
    $44,999
    09/12/2020