Updated August 18, 2021
Average Lead Operator Salary
$88,000 yearly
$42.77 hourly

Entry level Salary
$51,000 yearly
$51,000
10 %
$88,000
Median
$153,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$153,000
$12,750
$74
75th Percentile
$118,000
$9,833
$57
Average
$88,958
$7,413
$43
25th Percentile
$66,000
$5,500
$32
10th Percentile
$51,000
$4,250
$25

Average Lead Operator Salary By State

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Lead Operator average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$86,326
$41.50
Alaska
$81,081
$38.98
Arizona
$96,450
$46.37
Arkansas
$90,028
$43.28
California
$112,735
$54.20
Colorado
$89,573
$43.06
Connecticut
$94,906
$45.63
Delaware
$89,478
$43.02
District of Columbia
$113,531
$54.58
Florida
$75,047
$36.08
Georgia
$75,322
$36.21
Hawaii
$61,436
$29.54
Idaho
$99,093
$47.64
Illinois
$79,271
$38.11
Indiana
$78,932
$37.95
Iowa
$96,436
$46.36
Kansas
$91,983
$44.22
Kentucky
$89,222
$42.90
Louisiana
$112,456
$54.07
Maine
$64,088
$30.81
Maryland
$102,147
$49.11
Massachusetts
$84,857
$40.80
Michigan
$84,247
$40.50
Minnesota
$72,667
$34.94
Mississippi
$84,967
$40.85
Missouri
$87,063
$41.86
Montana
$69,516
$33.42
Nebraska
$78,725
$37.85
Nevada
$98,378
$47.30
New Hampshire
$77,285
$37.16
New Jersey
$101,446
$48.77
New Mexico
$105,117
$50.54
New York
$80,157
$38.54
North Carolina
$80,290
$38.60
North Dakota
$65,769
$31.62
Ohio
$91,903
$44.18
Oklahoma
$90,260
$43.39
Oregon
$90,987
$43.74
Pennsylvania
$74,335
$35.74
Rhode Island
$76,829
$36.94
South Carolina
$92,252
$44.35
South Dakota
$72,480
$34.85
Tennessee
$79,076
$38.02
Texas
$100,283
$48.21
Utah
$84,254
$40.51
Vermont
$61,221
$29.43
Virginia
$81,239
$39.06
Washington
$85,704
$41.20
West Virginia
$110,521
$53.14
Wisconsin
$79,314
$38.13
Wyoming
$102,365
$49.21

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Highest Paying Cities For Lead Operator

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
San Francisco, CA
$126,959
$61.04
Washington, DC
$118,687
$57.06
Austin, TX
$102,868
$49.46
Phoenix, AZ
$98,725
$47.46
Englewood, CO
$89,847
$43.20
OFallon, MO
$87,276
$41.96

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How much does a Lead Operator make?

  • The average lead operator makes $88,958 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a lead operator is $42.77.
  • The average entry-level lead operator salary is $51,000.
  • Highest paying states for lead operator are California ($112,735), Louisiana ($112,456), West Virginia ($112,735) and New Mexico ($112,735).
  • Highest paying cities for lead operator are San Francisco, CA ($126,959), Washington, DC, Austin, TX, Phoenix, AZ and Englewood, CO.
  • Lead operators on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $51,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $153,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $118,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $66,000
  • Industries with the highest lead operator salaries are energy, technology and health care.

Average Lead Operator Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $89,000
    $42.77
    +2.6%
    2020
    $86,700
    $41.67
    +1.9%
    2019
    $85,100
    $40.90
    +2.5%
    2018
    $83,000
    $39.88
    +1.5%
    2017
    $81,700
    $39.30
    +1.5%

    How Much Do Lead Operators Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, lead operator salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that energy, technology, and health care companies tend to offer much higher salaries for lead operators. For example, lead operators make a whopping average salary of $111,031 while working for energy companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $110,034 at technology companies and $99,580 at health care companies. But lead operators may want to avoid working in the transportation industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $77,251.
    RankIndustryAverage Lead Operator SalaryLead Operator Salary Range
    1Energy
    $111,031
    $65k
    $128k
    2Technology
    $110,034
    $65k
    $128k
    3Health Care
    $99,580
    $65k
    $128k
    4Finance
    $89,192
    $65k
    $128k
    5Retail
    $85,700
    $65k
    $128k
    6Manufacturing
    $82,330
    $65k
    $128k
    7Transportation
    $77,251
    $65k
    $128k

    High Paying Lead Operator Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Shop Lead

    Avg. salary: $47,969

    A shop lead is responsible for overseeing their crew. They ensure the safety of their crew by giving regular training. They also ensure the quality and quantity of the work put out by the shop. They manage the daily work of their shop, assist machinists, report to shop managers, and handle customer service.
    13,526 Shop Lead Jobs
    Working Supervisor

    Avg. salary: $51,883

    A working supervisor is responsible for overseeing the daily performance of employees. Depending on the business, company, or organization, a working supervisor's primary job is to orchestrate coordinated teamwork. This job requires excellent communication and organizational skills. These skills ensure that working supervisors can transfer information or instructions from higher-level management to employees and provide reports to upper management.
    31,986 Working Supervisor Jobs
    Production Leader

    Avg. salary: $36,557

    A production leader usually works at a manufacturing plant or a similar setting. They are primarily responsible for overseeing all processing operations and workforce performance, ensuring efficiency and timeliness. They are also responsible for coordinating with personnel, producing progress reports, processing paperwork, delegating tasks, setting the budget and goals, evaluating performances, and even training new members of the workforce. Furthermore, as a leader, it is essential to implement all policies and regulations set by the company to maintain a productive and safe work environment for everyone.
    64,304 Production Leader Jobs
    2nd Shift Supervisor

    Avg. salary: $28,236

    A 2nd shift supervisor is responsible for supporting the operations of a department, managing the staff's performance, and assisting the team in achieving maximum productivity. They provide high-quality services for the customers by responding to their inquiries and concerns and resolving complaints. They also implement strategic procedures to achieve production goals, as well as identifying business opportunities that would drive more revenue resources and profits for the company. A 2nd shift supervisor also assists in handling the department's budget, ensuring adequate allocation to support operations.
    113,011 2nd Shift Supervisor Jobs
    3rd Shift Supervisor

    Avg. salary: $28,812

    A 3rd shift supervisor is responsible for monitoring the operations and staff performance of a specific shift. 3rd shift supervisors strategize on effective business techniques to maximize staff's productivity and improve customers' experience. They also analyze sales reports, resolve discrepancies, and identify business opportunities that would generate more resources for revenues and increase the company's profitability. A 3rd shift supervisor addresses customers' inquiries and concerns, as well as resolving their complaints about services timely and accurately.
    98,842 3rd Shift Supervisor Jobs
    Planting Supervisor

    Avg. salary: $52,582

    Planting Supervisors are responsible for administering the operations of cultivating and growing plants, be it for food, materials, comfort, or decorative beauty. Their duties include monitoring plants' health, ensuring proper feeding and watering of plants, supervising the mowing, trimming, fertilizing, mulching, edging, and weeding gardens, and facilitating trees and bushes pruning and trimming. Planting Supervisors are also involved in husbandry, managing disease and pest programs, budgeting, and updating work progress reports. They must keep abreast of the current horticulture developments in their area of specialty.
    38,684 Planting Supervisor Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Shop Lead
    $47,969
    $3,997
    $23.06
    13,526
    Working Supervisor
    $51,883
    $4,324
    $24.94
    31,986
    Production Leader
    $36,557
    $3,046
    $17.58
    64,304
    2nd Shift Supervisor
    $28,237
    $2,353
    $13.58
    113,011
    3rd Shift Supervisor
    $28,812
    $2,401
    $13.85
    98,842
    Planting Supervisor
    $52,583
    $4,382
    $25.28
    38,684
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    Lead Operator Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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.

    Which Companies Pay Lead Operators The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a lead operator, being employed by a company such as Google or Palo Alto Networks would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like System Studies and Simulation and Dell also report highly competitive salaries for lead operators.
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    Recently Added Lead Operator Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Edward Jones
    Strategic Initiatives Leader, Operational Excellence-Us Remote Eligible
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    OFallon, IL
    08/31/2021
    $89,642
    08/31/2021
    Circle Graphics
    Lead Operator
    Lead Operator
    Longmont, CO
    08/31/2021
    $33,079
    08/31/2021
    *Festive Kitchen
    Innovative Food Company Operations Lead
    Innovative Food Company Operations Lead
    Richardson, TX
    08/30/2021
    $43,000
    08/30/2021
    Carlisle Companies Inc.
    Assistant Lead Operator
    Assistant Lead Operator
    Tooele, UT
    08/29/2021
    $46,832
    08/29/2021
    Kohl's
    Stockroom Operations Lead
    Stockroom Operations Lead
    Colorado Springs, CO
    08/28/2021
    $28,592
    08/28/2021
    University of California
    Events Field Operations Lead
    Events Field Operations Lead
    Santa Cruz, CA
    08/28/2021
    $44,912
    08/28/2021
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    CVC Portfolio Operations Lead
    CVC Portfolio Operations Lead
    Los Angeles, CA
    08/27/2021
    $99,900
    08/27/2021
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    CVC Portfolio Operations Lead
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    Phoenix, AZ
    08/27/2021
    $99,900
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    S&PP Analytics Lead-Accenture Operations & Market
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    Austin, TX
    08/27/2021
    $125,000
    08/27/2021
    Mayo Clinic
    Operations Lead-Laboratory
    Operations Lead-Laboratory
    Mankato, MN
    08/27/2021
    $58,373
    08/27/2021

    Average Lead Operator Salary by Demographic

    Lead Operator Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $87,546
    female-income
    Female Income
    $75,783
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$87,546
    Female$75,783
    Median Lead Operator Income by Race
    Asian lead operators have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american lead operators have the lowest average salary at $78,371.
    $85,000
    $68,000
    $51,000
    $34,000
    $17,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$84,160
    Black or African American$78,371
    Asian$84,227
    Hispanic or Latino$80,150
    Average Lead Operator Salary by Education Level
    Lead operators with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $131,031 annually. With a Bachelors degree, lead operators earn a median annual income of $111,927 compared to $96,498 for lead operators with an Associate degree.
    $135,000
    $108,000
    $81,000
    $54,000
    $27,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$87,546
    Master's Degree$131,031
    Bachelor's Degree$111,927
    Some College/ Associate Degree$96,498