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Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Software Systems Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $76K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $11K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Software Systems Engineers can bottom out near $51K or peak near $121K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$52,465 - $115,024
(Median)
$52K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,359
10%
50%
90%

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$13.09 - $61.93
(Median)
$13
$30
$62
MEDIAN: $29.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,465 - $115,024  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,068  
Profit Sharing
$300.81 - $5,874  
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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$50,950 - $120,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 702
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $61.93  
   
Overtime
$22.19 - $67.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,068  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.81 - $5,874  
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).
)
$50,950 - $120,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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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. Computer Software Systems Engineers go on to become Computer Software Applications Engineers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $68K. Computer Software Systems Engineers who move into a Software Development Project Manager role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $86K.

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Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software


Survey takers working as Computer Software Systems Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oracle, UNIX, C, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HTML, C#, and Visual Basic. Most people familiar with C also know Linux and Java. It is often found that people who know C++ are also skilled 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $68K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $84K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Computer Software Systems Engineers see a median salary of $99K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $111K.

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries




National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries

Oracle
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C
up arrow 9%

Linux
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

C++
0%

SQL
0%

Microsoft SQL Server
0%

.NET
0%

National Average
$77,000

Java
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Microsoft Access
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C#
up arrow 5%


HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 9%