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Computer Operator, Mainframe Salary

Average Mainframe Computer Operators in the United States make around $18.64 per hour. A large number report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and the greater part collect vision insurance. Male Mainframe Computer Operators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Mainframe Computer Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$32,578 - $68,811
(Median)
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54K
69K
MEDIAN: $44,016
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$11.95 - $27.39
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,578 - $68,811  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,096  
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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$28,618 - $63,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.95 - $27.39  
   
Overtime
$13.82 - $40.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,096  
   
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).
)
$28,618 - $63,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
United States (change)

Job Description for Computer Operator, Mainframe

  • 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $38K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $42K. Mainframe Computer Operators see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $47K.

Experience Affects Computer Operator, Mainframe Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$43,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%