Computer Operator, Mainframe Salary

Mainframe Computer Operators in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Mainframe Computer Operators. Salaries average out to around $47K per year and spread from $31K to $66K per year. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Mainframe Computer Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Mainframe Computer Operators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$37,076 - $71,741
(Median)
$37K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,408
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90%

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$11.15 - $28.49
(Median)
$11
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,076 - $71,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,047  
Profit Sharing
$2,125  
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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$30,578 - $65,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $28.49  
   
Overtime
$13.86 - $43.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,047  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,125  
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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$30,578 - $65,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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.


Mainframe Computer Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $42K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $43K. Mainframe Computer Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Mainframe Computer Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $51K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Operator, Mainframe Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$45,000

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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