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How Much Does an Operator Earn In The United States?

Operator Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$34,000
$24,000
$34,000
$47,000
Operators in the United States make an average salary of $34,372 per year or $16.52 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $24,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $47,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New Hampshire, Louisiana, Alaska, Wyoming, and New Mexico provide the highest operator salaries.
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Where Operators Earn The Most

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

Average Salary

How Much Do Operators Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for an operator is roughly $34,372 per year, which boils down to $16.52 per hour. Interestingly enough, operators have the highest salaries in New York, NY at about $74,046 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in New York, NY is $43,000. Additionally, operators make more than the average salary in Colorado Springs, CO, Savannah, GA, Phoenix, AZ, Chicago, IL, and Farmington, CT. On a more broad level, operator salaries are highest in New Hampshire, Louisiana, Alaska, Wyoming, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alabama. On the contrary, North Carolina, Mississippi, and North Dakota offer the lowest operator salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary
New York, NY
Salary Range56k - 97k$74k$74,046

Savannah, GA

Salary Range45k - 50k$48k$48,001
Colorado Springs, CO
Salary Range44k - 51k$48k$48,001
Phoenix, AZ
Salary Range37k - 45k$41k$41,374
Chicago, IL
Salary Range33k - 50k$41k$41,333

Farmington, CT

Salary Range38k - 39k$39k$39,056

McLean, VA

Salary Range32k - 43k$38k$37,565

Winona, MN

Salary Range32k - 42k$38k$37,565

Sparks, NV

Salary Range32k - 41k$37k$36,647
Indianapolis, IN
Salary Range32k - 40k$36k$36,418
$24k
$97k

High Paying Operator Jobs

Which Companies Pay Operators The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as an operator, being employed by a company such as Bausch + Lomb or rms would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Dr Reddy's Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson also report highly competitive salaries for operators.
Company
Company
Average Salary
GlaxoSmithKline
Salary Range60k - 96k$77k$76,648
Bausch + Lomb
Salary Range60k - 96k$77k$76,648
Dr Reddy's Laboratories
Salary Range60k - 96k$77k$76,648
Johnson & Johnson
Salary Range60k - 96k$77k$76,648
Mars
Salary Range60k - 96k$77k$76,648
Teva Pharmaceuticals
Salary Range60k - 96k$77k$76,648
West Pharmaceutical Services
Salary Range60k - 96k$77k$76,648
Flex-N-Gate
Salary Range60k - 96k$77k$76,648
ArtiFlex Manufacturing
Salary Range60k - 96k$77k$76,648
Qorvo
Salary Range60k - 96k$77k$76,648
$60k
$96k

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Operator Salary History

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    How Experience Affects Operator Salaries

    The salary for an 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.

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