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Computer Operator, Mainframe Salary

Mainframe Computer Operators in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and nearly two in three have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $45K annually, but may range from $30K to $65K per year. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Mainframe Computer Operators who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mainframe Computer Operators. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$34,760 - $70,247
(Median)
$35K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,445
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$11.95 - $28.26
(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
$34,760 - $70,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,149  
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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$29,651 - $65,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.95 - $28.26  
   
Overtime
$13.96 - $42.51  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,149  
   
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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$29,651 - $65,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68

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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.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $41K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $43K. Mainframe Computer Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $49K.

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Experience Affects Computer Operator, Mainframe Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 13%
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