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 $77K per year nationwide. Total cash compensation for Computer Software Systems Engineers runs from $52K to $121K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$53,115 - $115,182
(Median)
$53K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,330
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$17.13 - $61.08
(Median)
$17
$31
$61
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,115 - $115,182  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,193  
Profit Sharing
$300.24 - $5,915  
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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$51,691 - $120,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 690
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.13 - $61.08  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $67.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,193  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.24 - $5,915  
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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$51,691 - $120,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for operating systems.
  • Write kernel code for real-time or multitasking operating systems, including device drivers.

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 $99K annually. The most common career progression for Computer Software Systems Engineers leads to becoming a Computer Software Application Engineer, where pay is typically $68K. However, many Computer Software Systems Engineers also opt to become Software Development Project Managers, a position that pays $86K on average.

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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 JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Access, HTML, and C#. For most people, competency in C indicates knowledge of Linux and Java. Most people experienced in C++ also know 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $85K. Computer Software Systems Engineers see a median salary of $99K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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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up arrow 9%

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

C++
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SQL
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C#
up arrow 6%

HTML
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 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
7%

Common Health Benefits

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