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Mainframe Developer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs or improves computer software and applications that run on a unique operating system or mainframe computer used by a large company or organization. Oversees the entire software development process. Analyzes company user or customer needs, designs programs, writes code or instructs computer programmers, tests design, and documents programs. May assist with upgrades or maintenance.

Job Outlook

There were 248 Mainframe Developer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3468 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Software Developer / Engineer industry, which includes the Mainframe Developer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:


Many new Mainframe Developer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.


The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $92,943.


The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $95,304.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Mainframe Developer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $86,429.

Education and Experience

Posted Mainframe Developer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree2%
Bachelor's Degree80%
Master's Degree8%
Doctoral Degree5%

Posted Mainframe Developer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years4%
3 to 5 years42%
6 to 8 years32%
9+ years21%


Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Mainframe Developer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (31%)
  • Problem Solving (19%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (16%)
  • Troubleshooting (14%)
  • Writing (12%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Mainframe (100%)
  • COBOL (86%)
  • Job Control Language (JCL) (74%)
  • Customer Information Control System (CICS) (55%)
  • Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM) (40%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Debugging (14%)
  • Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) (12%)
  • Customer Service (11%)
  • Technical Writing / Editing (10%)
  • DB2 (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • SPUFI (6%)
  • Syncsort (6%)
  • IMS DB (6%)
  • IBM MQSeries (6%)
  • Mainframe Systems (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Mainframe Developer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Mainframe Programmer
  • Senior Mainframe Developer
  • Mainframe Programmer/Analyst
  • Mainframe Application Developer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Mainframe Developer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • The Bank of New York Mellon (80)
  • Cynet Systems (67)
  • Infosys (50)
  • Sysmind Llc (39)
  • Capgemini (34)

North Carolina

  • Cynet Systems (11)
  • Mahantech Corporation (8)
  • Sysmind Llc (8)
  • Msys Incorporated (6)
  • Datamanusa Llc (5)

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