Computer Operator, Mainframe Salary

With nearly two in three of Mainframe Computer Operators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $30K to $67K per year and averages out to $46K per year. Job satisfaction for Mainframe Computer Operators is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Mainframe Computer Operators survey respondents are men (76 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$34,276 - $71,102
(Median)
$34K
$46K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,787
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$11.65 - $27.88
(Median)
$12
$19
$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
$34,276 - $71,102  
   
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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$29,828 - $67,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $27.88  
   
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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$29,828 - $67,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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 $40K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. 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 10%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

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: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 12%
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