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Computer Operator - Federal Salaries of 2007

Pay Rates for "Computer Operator"

How much does a Computer Operator in the federal government get paid? $47,854.62* *Based on the 2007 average.

Computer Operator was the 230th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2007, with 525 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2007, the Internal Revenue Service hired the most employees titled Computer Operation, with an average salary of $41,526.

Government Computer Operation jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Computer Operation job is GS-1, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-9. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions the paramount duties of which involve operating or supervising the operation of the controls of the digital computer system. Also included are positions involving the operation of peripheral equipment when: (a) such equipment is used directly in support of computer operations; and (b) the operation of such equipment is directly related to acquiring the knowledges and skills needed in operating the control console of a computer system. Positions in this occupation require a knowledge of the functions of the various computer features and the skill to read, interpret, and correctly respond to information in the form in which it is transmitted through the computer system.

Clerical, secretary, and administrative positions fall under this category. No specialized technical background is needed for positions in this category except for stenographers which require a proficiency exam before being hired. Strong organizational and communication skills are the primary requirements for this job category. Military experience can often be applied as relevant experience when calculating starting grade. Employees in the job category receive promotions of 1 grade increase at a time.

Agencies that have hired a Computer Operator

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Internal Revenue Service 198 $41,525.82
Social Security Administration 91 $50,085.68
Financial Management Service 34 $53,010.03
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 32 $57,278.50
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 22 $62,817.45
Offices, Boards and Divisions 21 $59,988.19
National Institutes of Health 17 $52,064.24
Indian Health Service 12 $41,340.25
Agricultural Marketing Service 10 $30,112.10
Patent and Trademark Office 10 $50,837.00
Federal Aviation Administration 10 $54,806.20
Office of Personnel Management 9 $56,461.56
Rural Housing Service 8 $45,674.88
Department of State 7 $54,474.14
Farm Service Agency 5 $48,307.00
Veterans Health Administration 5 $45,250.20
National Technical Information Service 4 $43,185.50
Bureau of the Census 4 $41,287.00
Government Printing Office 4 $40,261.50
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $63,786.67
Bureau of the Public Debt 3 $40,519.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 2 $45,086.00
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $57,798.00
National Park Service 2 $31,658.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 2 $62,882.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $58,053.00
U.S. Coast Guard 1 $48,933.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $41,823.00
Employment Standards Administration 1 $45,221.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $54,194.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $47,819.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $48,933.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $53,714.00

Computer Operator Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Computer Operator is $47,854.62. The highest paid Computer Operator made $97,850 in 2007.

Common Computer Operator Payscales

Payscale Number of Computer Operation Employees
GS - General Schedule 470
ZT - Scientific And Engineering Technician 20
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 16
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 6
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 4
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 3
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 2
PU - Gpo, White-collar, 10% Night Rate 1

Starting Paygrade: $19,048.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $57,809.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-9, Step 10
Category: Clerical and Administrative Support

Other Jobs at the GS-1 Paygrade

GS-1 is the starting paygrade for Computer Operation jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-1 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Mathematics TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Medical Supply Aide and TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Legal Instruments ExaminingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Survey TechnicalTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Legal AssistanceClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Computer Operation Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Computer Operator was $43,781. Since then, the average pay has increased to $55,981 in 2017.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0332.

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