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.

$35,485 - $76,326
$35K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,530
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$12.44 - $30.07
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MEDIAN: $22.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,485 - $76,326  
   
Bonus
$3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$31,751 - $74,511  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $30.07  
   
Overtime
$20.01 - $48.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,500  
   
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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$31,751 - $74,511  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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

  • 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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Key Stats for Computer Operator, Mainframe

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
42%
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Experience Affects Computer Operator, Mainframe Salaries

Mid-Career
▲19%

Late-Career
▲4%

National Average
$49,000

Experienced
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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