Computer Operator, Mainframe Salary

Mainframe Computer Operators who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little under three-quarters of Mainframe Computer Operators. Pay fluctuates from $32K to $75K per year, but expected earnings average $50K annually. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Mainframe Computer Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Mainframe Computer Operators (65 percent) survey respondents are male. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,241 - $76,493
$35K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,895
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90%

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$12.60 - $29.92
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MEDIAN: $23.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,241 - $76,493  
   
Bonus
$3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$31,571 - $74,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $29.92  
   
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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$31,571 - $74,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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

Pay by Experience for a Computer Operator, Mainframe has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Operator, Mainframe with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 15 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Operator, Mainframe with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 15 salaries. An experienced Computer Operator, Mainframe which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 30 salaries. A Computer Operator, Mainframe with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 28 salaries.

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Key Stats for Computer Operator, Mainframe

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
39%
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Experience Affects Computer Operator, Mainframe Salaries

Mid-Career
▲20%

Late-Career
▲3%

National Average
$49,000

Experienced
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 25%