Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Software Systems Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $78K per year. Total cash compensation to Computer Software Systems Engineers bottoms out near $52K and approaches $121K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $12K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. While tenure and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$53,499 - $115,240
(Median)
$53K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,673
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50%
90%

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$16.97 - $61.23
(Median)
$17
$31
$61
MEDIAN: $30
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,499 - $115,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,224  
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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$52,009 - $120,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 688
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.97 - $61.23  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $67.45  
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 - $12,224  
   
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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$52,009 - $120,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Senior Systems Engineer, where median compensation is $99K annually. Going from Computer Software Systems Engineer to Computer Software Application Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Computer Software Applications Engineers is $68K. Many others choose to work as Software Development Project Managers, where pay is typically $86K.

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Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Access, Java, and HTML. Most people experienced in C++ also know Java and Linux. The majority of those who know C also know 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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. For Computer Software Systems Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $100K. Computer Software Systems Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $111K.

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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
up arrow 15%

up arrow 9%

C
up arrow 6%

Linux
up arrow 4%

JavaScript
up arrow 3%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 1%

.NET
up arrow 1%

C++
0%

National Average
$79,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 4%

C#
up arrow 5%

up arrow 6%

HTML
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 7%

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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