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Computer Systems Analyst Salary (United States)

Computer Systems Analysts in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62K annually. Cash earnings for Computer Systems Analysts — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $17K from profit sharing — stretch from around $39K to approximately $89K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,263 - $88,340
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MEDIAN: $62,042
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Computer Systems Analyst Salary (?
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$14.66 - $40.28
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$40,263 - $88,340  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,472  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $16,886  
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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$38,725 - $89,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 712
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $40.28  
   
Overtime
$9.70 - $46.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,472  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $16,886  
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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$38,725 - $89,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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Job Description for Computer Systems Analyst

Computer systems analysts use computers and related systems to automate functions and integrate them into distributing, manufacturing, sales, and other related functions. These analysts look at what a business unit or organization is attempting to do and then figure out how to use computer technology to streamline and automate those processes to achieve maximum accuracy and efficiency. Computer systems analysts must have a clear idea of what processes he or she is trying to automate. They break down processes into component parts, conduct cost analysis, and then figure out the software and hardware requirements to execute. Additionally, the analyst likely designs applications and tailors hardware for each need per its specific requirements.
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Computer Systems Analyst Tasks
  • Identify, communicate, and manage risks associated with projects.
  • Translate requirements into new information technology project specifications.
  • Create project plans for information technology development and testing.
  • Identify business or customer requirements and information technology alternatives.
  • Monitor network and systems for performance, security,and other issues.

Common Career Paths for Computer Systems Analyst

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For Computer Systems Analysts, career progression to a Senior Software Engineer role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Senior Software Engineer, an upper-level role, can earn $93K annually. Senior Systems Analysts or Information Technology Managers are common next-step roles for Computer Systems Analysts moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Systems Analysts is $19K higher on average, and it's $14K higher for Information Technology Managers.

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Popular Skills for Computer Systems Analyst

Computer Systems Analysts report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Oracle, Java, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Access. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Systems Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Computer Systems Analysts, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $51K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $62K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Systems Analysts make a median salary of $67K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $82K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles
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Baltimore
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National Average
$62,000
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San Antonio
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With a pay rate for Computer Systems Analysts that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Computer Systems Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Huntsville (+15 percent), and San Jose (+14 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent.

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Experience Affects Computer Systems Analyst Salaries

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$62,000

Skills That Affect Computer Systems Analyst Salaries

UNIX
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Oracle
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Microsoft SQL Server
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$62,000
SQL
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%