Proof Operator: Job Duties, Requirements and Career Information

Proof operators require little formal education. Learn about the education, job duties and necessary skills of this profession in this video to see if it is the right career for you. View article »

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Essential Information

Degree Level High school diploma or equivalent
Degree Field(s) None
Licensure/Certification None
Experience Varies by position; on-the-job training sometimes available
Key Skills Attention to detail; math aptitude; excellent typing speed and accuracy; able to follow procedures and guidelines
Median Annual Salary (2016)** $24,836

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,**

Proof operators work in banks to oversee customer accounts by processing transactions including checks and deposit or withdrawal slips. While a high school diploma may be sufficient for entry-level positions in this career field, some employers prefer up to two years of relevant experience. Proof operator positions are ideal for those with an eye for detail, a good mathematical aptitude, and an interest in the banking industry.

Job Duties

Proof operators often work in banks, and it's their job to process bank transactions such as deposit slips, withdrawal slips and checks. This helps ensure that customer accounts are credited and debited correctly, and that monies go into the proper accounts.

As a proof operator, workers are expected to use automated proof machines to encode and endorse deposits and checks. The proof machines keep a record of all totals and balances. Proof operators also make use of 10-key calculators to do number crunching and counting. Operators must always confirm the accuracy of the numbers they process. If any errors are found, or if the numbers don't balance for any reason, the proof operator is responsible for writing up correction forms and resolving the issue. They must also provide documentation as to why the numbers don't add up, if they are required to do so. Proof operators may also research the tapes from the proof machine to locate and fix mistakes.


Most proof operator positions require at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. Applicants are expected to have excellent typing skills and be capable of making repetitive motions with their wrists and arms as they perform data entry. Some companies may require up to two years of experience, while others may allow applicants with little or no experience to begin as trainees.

In addition, applicants must be able to follow directions and job guidelines. Applicants will need to be able to maintain accuracy when typing figures. Proof operators should have good basic math skills and be able to work independently. Potential proof operators must be prepared to meet speed and accuracy requirements as well.

Career Information

Proof operators work in a production-based environment and don't generally come into contact with customers. Work for proof operators is often available during days, nights, weekends and holidays. This is because the larger banks tend to process their transactions on a 24-hour basis.

Depending on the company they work for, proof operators may earn a median annual salary of $24,836, according to as of May 2016. Some companies may offer bonuses or incentives in addition to a base salary.

Proof operators require only a high school diploma. They work in banks to oversee customer accounts by processing transactions including checks, deposit slips, and withdrawal slips and can expect a median annual income of about $24,000 per year.

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