Computer Operator, Mainframe Salary

The majority of Mainframe Computer Operators in the United States — nearly two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $30K to $65K per year, and the median is $45K per year. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn vision coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Mainframe Computer Operators who answered the questionnnaire. Most Mainframe Computer Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$34,971 - $68,759
(Median)
$35K
$45K
$69K
MEDIAN: $44,581
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50%
90%

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$12.60 - $28.37
(Median)
$13
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,971 - $68,759  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,079  
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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$29,539 - $64,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $28.37  
   
Overtime
$14.05 - $42.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,079  
   
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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$29,539 - $64,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $40K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $43K. 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 two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $49K.

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Experience Affects Computer Operator, Mainframe Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$44,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 12%