Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Computer Software Systems Engineers earn an average of $78K annually. Total cash compensation to Computer Software Systems Engineers approaches anywhere from $53K on the lower end to $126K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $14K from bonuses and upwards of $9K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Software Systems Engineers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$54,033 - $119,250
(Median)
$54K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,176
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$18.62 - $82.11
(Median)
$19
$32
$82
MEDIAN: $32.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,033 - $119,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,791  
Profit Sharing
$301.93 - $9,287  
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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$53,437 - $125,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 683
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$18.62 - $82.11  
   
Overtime
$22.50 - $67.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,791  
   
Profit Sharing
$301.93 - $9,287  
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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$53,437 - $125,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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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At the upper end, Computer Software Systems Engineers who move into a Senior Systems Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Systems Engineers is a much higher $99K per year. Becoming a Computer Software Application Engineer is, more often than not, the most common role that Computer Software Systems Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Computer Software Application Engineer is $69K. Another frequent advance is for Computer Software Systems Engineers to assume a Software Development Project Manager role; in this role, workers often take home $86K.

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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, Oracle, C, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C#, Java, and Visual Basic. For most people, competency in C indicates knowledge of 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $69K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $87K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $102K. 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 $111K.

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries




National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries

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Oracle
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C
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JavaScript
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Python
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft SQL Server
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C++
0%

.NET
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National Average
$80,000

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HTML
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C#
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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