Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salary

Computer Software Systems Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $77K annually. Final cash compensation to Computer Software Systems Engineers varies from around $52K to approximately $121K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $7K, respectively. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Most Computer Software Systems Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$53,481 - $115,444

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$17.57 - $61.55

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,481 - $115,444  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,256  
Profit Sharing
$300.81 - $6,510  
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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$52,308 - $121,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 688
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.57 - $61.55  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $67.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,256  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.81 - $6,510  
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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$52,308 - $121,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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.

Common Career Paths for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software


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Computer Software Systems Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Systems Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $99K annually. A Computer Software Application Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Computer Software Systems Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $68K 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 Oracle, UNIX, C, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Access, Java, and HTML. For most people, competency in C indicates knowledge of Linux and Java. Most people skilled in C++ are similarly competent in Java and Linux.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software

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


Computer Software Systems Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $69K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $86K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Computer Software Systems Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $100K. Computer Software Systems Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $112K.

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries




National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries

Oracle
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C
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Linux
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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JavaScript
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Microsoft SQL Server
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.NET
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C++
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National Average
$79,000

SQL
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Visual Basic (VB)
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C#
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HTML
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%
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