Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salary

Computer Software Systems Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $79K per year. Overall cash earnings for Computer Software Systems Engineers stretch from $51K on the lower end to $122K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by tenure and the individual firm. The vast majority (87 percent) of Computer Software Systems Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Software Systems Engineers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,315 - $117,792
$52K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,765
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$14.90 - $64.43
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MEDIAN: $30.07
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$0$121K
Salary $52,315 - $117,792
Bonus $493.16 - $9,967
Profit Sharing $1,951 - $19,574
Total Pay (?
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$50,571 - $121,768
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 276
Hourly Data $0$97
Hourly Rate $14.90 - $64.43
Hourly Tips $11.67
Overtime $22.98 - $97.87
Annual Data $0$121K
Bonus $493.16 - $9,967
Profit Sharing $1,951 - $19,574
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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$50,571 - $121,768
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 38

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Job Description for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software

Computer operating systems, compilers, distribution and billing platforms, and multi-unit inventory management programs are all considered “systems software." This software forms a framework for businesses and organizations on which other activities can be performed. Computer software engineers in systems software are specialized software engineers that help develop new systems and platforms, as well as maintain and update existing platforms to meet the needs of the marketplace and/or employer.

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Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Tasks

  • Design, implement, and test database schemas.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for operating systems.
  • Write kernel code for real-time or multitasking operating systems, including device drivers.
  • Use kernel debuggers, system dumps, and assembly language, as well as higher level languages.
  • Test and document software for operating systems.

Common Career Paths for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software


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As Computer Software Systems Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Systems Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Systems Engineers earn $100K on average per year. Computer Software Systems Engineers most often move into positions as Software Development Project Managers or Senior Systems Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software


Intel Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $91K.

Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software


Computer Software Systems Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in C programming Language, Linux, C, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Java, SQL, and HTML. The majority of those who know C also know Linux and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software

Pay by Experience for a Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 211 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 87 salaries. An experienced Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 52 salaries. A Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,919

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Santa Clara is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Software Systems Engineers, 37 percent higher than the national average. Computer Software Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+27 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), and Portland (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 14 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Chicago and 8 percent less in Baltimore, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries

▲36%

▲28%

▲12%

National Average
$79,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries


▲10%

C
▲8%

▲6%

▲6%

▲5%


▲3%

C++
▲1%

National Average
$79,000


C#
▼7%

Microsoft Access
▼7%

▼10%

SQL
▼11%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 10%
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