Computer Operator, Mainframe Salary

Close to two-thirds of Mainframe Computer Operators in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $30K to $67K per year, but median earnings come to around $46K annually. Most Mainframe Computer Operators survey respondents are men (77 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Mainframe Computer Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$34,364 - $70,998
(Median)
$34K
$46K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,953
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$11.70 - $28.45
(Median)
$12
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,364 - $70,998  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,122  
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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$29,972 - $67,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $28.45  
   
Overtime
$13.86 - $41.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,122  
   
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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$29,972 - $67,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $41K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $44K on average. Mainframe Computer Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Mainframe Computer Operators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $49K.

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Experience Affects Computer Operator, Mainframe Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%
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