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Computer Operator, Mainframe Salary

Mainframe Computer Operators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with around two in three bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $45K annually on average but can range from $29K to $65K per year. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. For the most part, Mainframe Computer Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Mainframe Computer Operators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,867 - $70,126
(Median)
$35K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,273
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$12.08 - $28.18
(Median)
$12
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,867 - $70,126  
   
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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$28,977 - $65,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $28.18  
   
Overtime
$13.96 - $42.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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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$28,977 - $65,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $40K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mainframe Computer Operators make a median salary of $43K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $49K on average.

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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 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%
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