Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Computer Software Systems Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $78K per year nationwide. In the world of Computer Software Systems Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $53K and $126K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $14K and $9K, respectively. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$54,033 - $119,250
(Median)
$54K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,176
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$18.62 - $82.11
(Median)
$19
$32
$82
MEDIAN: $32.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,033 - $119,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,791  
Profit Sharing
$301.93 - $9,287  
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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$53,437 - $125,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 683
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$18.62 - $82.11  
   
Overtime
$22.50 - $67.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,791  
   
Profit Sharing
$301.93 - $9,287  
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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$53,437 - $125,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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

  • Test and document software for operating systems.
  • Design, write, test, and debug database stored procedures and complex queries to extract, calculate or manipulate information.
  • Work with middle-tier developers to integrate back-end database code with business applications.
  • Use kernel debuggers, system dumps, and assembly language, as well as higher level languages.
  • Design, implement, and test database schemas.

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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 $99K annually. A Computer Software Application Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Computer Software Systems Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $69K on average. The Software Development Project Manager position is another common transition for Computer Software Systems Engineers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $86K mark.

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Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software


Survey results imply that Computer Software Systems Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Oracle, C, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C#, Java, and Visual Basic. It is often found that people who know C are also skilled 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Computer Software Systems Engineers. The average beginner in this position makes around $69K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $87K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $102K. Computer Software Systems Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $111K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries




National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries

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Oracle
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C
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JavaScript
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Python
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft SQL Server
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C++
0%

.NET
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$80,000

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HTML
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C#
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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