Computer Operator, Mainframe Salary
With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Mainframe Computer Operators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $31K to $72K per year and averages out to $49K annually. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Mainframe Computer Operators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Most Mainframe Computer Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Computer Operator, Mainframe
The very first computers were monstrous machines which filled warehouses; today's mainframes are the most direct surviving descendants of machines like ENIAC and, though they are exponentially faster and more capable (and often composed of many small machines working in tandem), the basic principle remains the same: dedicate a vast amount of computational power toward specific ends. Mainframe computer operators are responsible for putting these machines to work to solve whatever problems, or perform whatever tasks, which require such massive hardware to accomplish.Read More...
As skilled individuals who have an intimate understanding of computer systems, their work may include many responsibilities. In essence, they are translators in that they are given a task and must use their operational expertise to complete it using machinery. They must be proficient in the use of specialized hardware and software, both in the means of its operation and how to troubleshoot it when problems arise. They may work on teams or even supervise them; each individual employer has its own own array of responsibilities for the position. Because mainframes are utilized in almost all fields, from business to science and engineering, employers may search for variety of specializations among applicants.
To be a mainframe computer operator, one must have a strong grasp of computing principles and the resources he/she will be using. Employers typically prefer applicants who have an associate's degree or higher in a field such as computer science or information systems, as well as experience using a variety of hardware and software.
Computer Operator, Mainframe Tasks
- Diagnoses and resolves system problems.
- Oversee the computer mainframe and supporting system equipment.
- Ensure the processes remain uninterrupted and the program jobs run as scheduled.
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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Operator, Mainframe
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $56K. Mainframe Computer Operators bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $50K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.