What does an Operator do?

Operators are skilled technicians who control light or heavy machinery in various fields and use their in-depth knowledge to perform tasks including producing goods or making repairs. Operators need attention to detail and to concentrate and be precise in their work. They utilize hand-eye coordination and turn to their technical and mechanical skills to operate machinery and equipment. They use and oversee equipment needed to produce items and could be hired to produce anything from high-tech gadgets to appliances.

Operators ensure their machines perform at optimal levels and follow a regular upkeep schedule, including oiling parts, refilling dispensers, or checking calibrations. They may also perform necessary repairs, including tightening bolts. Operators inspect pieces or products the machine produces and bring issues to management’s attention immediately. They abide by workplace and governmental guidelines to reduce the chance of injury to themselves and others. Operators need a high school diploma, and on-the-job training is typical.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Operator Salaries

Average Base Pay

£24,247 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£15K
Median: £24K
£38K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Operator Career Path

Learn how to become an Operator, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Operator
£24,247/yr
L3
Senior Operator
£28,966/yr
L4
Operator IV
£26,980/yr
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Operator Insights

Read what Operator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
ASDAASDA
Checkout Operator
11 Nov 2019

“I left as was not a nice place to work and everyone was extremely tired with no motivation.”

Run VT
Senior MCR Operator
5 Oct 2021

“Staff are trained in all aspects of production and post production offering multiple opportunities for career progression and client support.”

Oryx Energies
Depot Operator
16 Aug 2021

“Much career advancement opportunities and I think it gives people a feeling of been part of the production because everyone is involved”

Costco WholesaleCostco Wholesale
Checkout Operator
17 Dec 2020

“Great best fooi and fun”

Charter Next GenerationCharter Next Generation
Operator
16 Mar 2021

“Pay is good and schedule was interesting”

American ExpressAmerican Express
American Express
10 Dec 2020

“People are fun and nice”

Coast Mountain Bus CompanyCoast Mountain Bus Company
Transit Operator
28 Jul 2020

“honest and good benefits”

Bush IndustriesBush Industries
Boring Operator/Tool Grinder Later
27 Oct 2021

“98 % of people there were nice and good to work with.”

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Operator Interviews

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