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Systems Operator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$53,000
$38,000
$53,000
$73,000
Systems operators in the United States make an average salary of $53,228 per year or $25.59 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $38,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $73,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, and Virginia provide the highest systems operator salaries.
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Map of Systems Operator Salaries

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

Average Salary

Average Systems Operator Salary By Location

While a systems operator can average a salary of $53,228 per year, or $25.59 per hour, there are many opportunities for systems operators to make more. For example, in Burlingame, CA you might make $71,245 per year. Other high-paying locations include Washington, DC, Richardson, TX and New York, NY. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Burlingame, CA where the average starting salary is $46,000. The highest paying states for systems operators include Maryland, New Jersey and Connecticut. Meanwhile, Utah, Wyoming, and Washington offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Burlingame, CA
Burlingame, CA
$71,245
$71k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$65,659
$66k
Richardson, TX
Richardson, TX
$59,793
$60k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$59,220
$59k
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$58,462
$58k
Saint Louis, MO
Saint Louis, MO
$57,018
$57k
Nashua, NH
Nashua, NH
$56,688
$57k
Arlington Heights, IL
Arlington Heights, IL
$55,450
$55k
Florence, AL
Florence, AL
$52,182
$52k
Rochester, MN
Rochester, MN
$51,210
$51k

High Paying Systems Operator Jobs

Average Systems Operator Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a systems operator, being employed by a company such as Merck & Co. or Goldman Sachs would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Exelon and Science Applications International . also report highly competitive salaries for systems operators.

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Systems Operator Salary History

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    Average Systems Operator Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, systems operator salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that finance, technology, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for systems operators. For example, systems operators make a whopping average salary of $60,479 while working for finance companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $59,427 at technology companies and $57,357 at manufacturing companies. But systems operators may want to avoid working in the government industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $48,154.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Finance
    Finance
    $60,479
    $60k
    Technology
    Technology
    $59,427
    $59k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $57,357
    $57k
    Retail
    Retail
    $55,532
    $56k
    Internet
    Internet
    $53,024
    $53k
    Government
    Government
    $48,154
    $48k

    Systems Operator Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a systems 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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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
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    San Diego, CA
    San Diego, CA
    10/31/2020
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    $76,943
    $76,943
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    Charleston, SC
    Charleston, SC
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $44,179
    $44,179
    10/31/2020
    Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer
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    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $40,000
    $40,000
    10/29/2020
    Systems Operator Trainee
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    Syracuse, NY
    Syracuse, NY
    10/14/2020
    10/14/2020
    $37,566
    $37,566
    10/14/2020
    Wastewater System Operator I/II
    Wastewater System Operator I/II
    Carlsbad, CA
    Carlsbad, CA
    10/10/2020
    10/10/2020
    $56,683
    $56,683
    10/10/2020
    Systems Operator
    Systems Operator
    Swedesboro, NJ
    Swedesboro, NJ
    09/24/2020
    09/24/2020
    $38,296
    $38,296
    09/24/2020
    City of Stockton, Ca
    City of Stockton, Ca
    Collection Systems Operator
    Collection Systems Operator
    Collection Systems Operator
    Stockton, CA
    Stockton, CA
    09/20/2020
    09/20/2020
    $51,302
    $51,302
    09/20/2020
    Temporary Systems Operator Weekends
    Temporary Systems Operator Weekends
    Philadelphia, PA
    Philadelphia, PA
    09/05/2020
    09/05/2020
    $27,131
    $27,131
    09/05/2020
    Temporary Systems Operator Weekends
    Temporary Systems Operator Weekends
    Philadelphia, PA
    Philadelphia, PA
    09/05/2020
    09/05/2020
    $27,131
    $27,131
    09/05/2020
    Systems Operator
    Systems Operator
    Swedesboro, NJ
    Swedesboro, NJ
    08/30/2020
    08/30/2020
    $38,296
    $38,296
    08/30/2020