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Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salary

Men account for the majority of Computer Software Systems Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $77K per year. Total cash earnings of Computer Software Systems Engineers range from $51K on the low end to $120K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $12K and $6K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$52,779 - $115,203
(Median)
$53K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,561
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90%

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$13.18 - $61.68
(Median)
$13
$30
$62
MEDIAN: $30
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,779 - $115,203  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,903  
Profit Sharing
$301.37 - $5,841  
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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$51,090 - $120,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 689
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $61.68  
   
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 - $11,903  
   
Profit Sharing
$301.37 - $5,841  
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).
)
$51,090 - $120,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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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. 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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle, UNIX, C, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include HTML, C#, and Java. Most people who know C++ also know Java and Linux. Those educated in C tend to be well versed in 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Computer Software Systems Engineers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $68K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $85K. Computer Software Systems Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $100K. 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
$78,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries

Oracle
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up arrow 10%

C
up arrow 8%

Linux
up arrow 3%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

.NET
0%

National Average
$78,000

C++
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
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Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 4%

up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 6%

HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

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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