Male Computer Software Systems Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $80K per year in the United States. Final cash compensation to Computer Software Systems Engineers varies from around $54K to approximately $120K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. The majority of Computer Software Systems Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$54,315 - $116,038
(Median)
$54K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,285
10%
50%
90%

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$16.89 - $61.24
(Median)
$17
$31
$61
MEDIAN: $31.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,315 - $116,038  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,122  
Profit Sharing
$1,915 - $10,406  
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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$53,609 - $120,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 314
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$16.89 - $61.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$11.67  
Overtime
$30.41 - $98.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,122  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,915 - $10,406  
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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$53,609 - $120,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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 who transition into a Senior Systems Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $100K per year. A common career progression for a Computer Software Systems Engineer is to become a Software Development Project Manager or a Senior Systems Engineer. Compared to Computer Software Systems Engineers, the first group earns $5K more on average, and the second group earns $8K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Intel Corporation offers the most; Computer Software Systems Engineers earn $91K on average there.

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 UNIX, C, C programming Language, and .NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HTML, SQL, and Java. Those familiar with C also tend to 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.


For many Computer Software Systems Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $71K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $89K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $102K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $113K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries




National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries

up arrow 9%

C
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C programming Language
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Linux
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.NET
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National Average
$81,000

C++ Programming Language
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C++
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Python
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C#
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Microsoft Access
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C# Programming Language
up arrow 11%

HTML
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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