Computer Operator, Mainframe Salary

Mainframe Computer Operators in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — roughly two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $30K to $65K per year, median earnings come to $45K annually. Most Mainframe Computer Operators survey respondents are men (76 percent). Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Mainframe Computer Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,276 - $71,102

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$11.70 - $28.45

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,276 - $71,102  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,904  
Total Pay (?
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$29,903 - $65,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $28.45  
   
Overtime
$13.86 - $41.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,904  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,903 - $65,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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.

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Computer Operator, Mainframe Tasks

  • Ensure the processes remain uninterrupted and the program jobs run as scheduled.
  • Oversee the computer mainframe and supporting system equipment.
  • Diagnoses and resolves system problems.

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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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $40K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $43K. On average, Mainframe Computer Operators make $43K following one to two decades on the job. Mainframe Computer Operators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $49K.

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Experience Affects Computer Operator, Mainframe Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%
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