Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salary

Men account for the majority of Computer Software Systems Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $80K per year. Cash earnings for Computer Software Systems Engineers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $53K to approximately $121K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career length and the individual firm. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$55,020 - $117,048
$55K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,818
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50%
90%

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$14.90 - $61.24
$15
$30
$61
MEDIAN: $30.35
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,020 - $117,048  
   
Bonus
$493.16 - $10,320  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $19,727  
Total Pay (?
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$53,449 - $120,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 282
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $61.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$11.67  
Overtime
$22.81 - $98.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$493.16 - $10,320  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $19,727  
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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$53,449 - $120,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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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Computer Software Systems Engineers who go on to become Senior Systems Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Systems Engineers is $100K annually. Career advancement for the typical Computer Software Systems Engineer often leads to becoming a Software Development Project Manager or a Senior Systems Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Intel Corporation offers the most; Computer Software Systems Engineers earn $91K on average there.

Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software


Computer Software Systems Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C programming Language, Linux, C, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Java, SQL, and HTML. Those educated in C tend to be well versed in Linux and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $72K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $88K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $101K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $107K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,291

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For those looking to make money, Computer Software Systems Engineers in Santa Clara enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Computer Software Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+25 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), and Portland (+12 percent). Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (13 percent lower) and Baltimore (9 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries

▲34%

▲26%

▲10%

National Average
$80,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries


▲8%

C
▲6%

▲4%

▲4%

▲3%

▲2%


National Average
$80,000

C++
▼1%


C#
▼8%

Microsoft Access
▼9%

▼11%

SQL
▼12%

▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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