Computer Operator, Mainframe Salary

The majority of Mainframe Computer Operators in the United States — somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $31K to $66K per year, and the median is $47K annually. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Most Mainframe Computer Operators survey respondents are men (76 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,076 - $71,741
(Median)
$37K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,408
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$11.15 - $28.49
(Median)
$11
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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.


For Mainframe Computer Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $43K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $42K. Mainframe Computer Operators bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $51K.

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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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