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, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Mainframe Computer Operators is $50K annually and can range from $32K on the lower end to $75K per year near the higher end. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Male Mainframe Computer Operators who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (63 percent) are men. While between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
|Salary||$35,485 - $76,326|
|Total Pay (||$31,751 - $74,511|
|Hourly Rate||$12.44 - $30.07|
|Overtime||$20.01 - $48.50|
|Total Pay (||$31,751 - $74,511|
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 for the relatively untried average out to around $37K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Mainframe Computer Operators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $50K.
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