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Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software is $76,564 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are C and Oracle. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.
Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salary (?
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$51,703 - $113,082
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MEDIAN: $76,563
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Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salary (?
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$12.75 - $60.98
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,703 - $113,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,244  
Profit Sharing
$309.00 - $6,482  
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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$49,904 - $118,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 738
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.75 - $60.98  
   
Overtime
$22.98 - $65.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,244  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.00 - $6,482  
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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$49,904 - $118,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software

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

Pay Difference By Location

Santa Clara
up arrow 39%
San Jose
up arrow 29%
Seattle
up arrow 26%
Boston
up arrow 5%
San Diego
up arrow 5%
National Average
$78,000
Houston
up arrow 3%
Dallas
up arrow 3%
Washington
up arrow 4%
Baltimore
up arrow 8%
Huntsville
up arrow 9%
Orlando
up arrow 15%
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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries

National Average
$78,000

Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries

C
up arrow 12%
Oracle
up arrow 11%
JavaScript
up arrow 8%
up arrow 7%
Linux
up arrow 3%
Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 2%
SQL
up arrow 1%
National Average
$78,000
C++
up arrow 1%
C#
up arrow 2%
HTML
up arrow 4%
Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 4%
Microsoft Access
up arrow 4%
.NET
up arrow 4%
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 11%