Computer Systems Analyst Salary (United States)

A typical Computer Systems Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $60,058 per year. The range in pay spans from $38,470 to $87,713 per year. Overall cash allowance, including $8,242 each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, generally bottoms out around $40,076 and peaks near $87,234. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision coverage. The vast majority of Computer Systems Analysts (80 percent) are men. The majority of Computer Systems Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Computer Systems Analyst Salary (?
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$40,076 - $87,234
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MEDIAN: $60,923
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Computer Systems Analyst Salary (?
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$14.26 - $39.49
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$40,076 - $87,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,242  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $16,886  
Total Pay (?
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$38,470 - $87,713  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 793
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.26 - $39.49  
   
Overtime
$16.76 - $46.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,242  
   
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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$38,470 - $87,713  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Computer Systems Analysts who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Sr. Software Engineer may make an additional $33K per year than lower-end positions. Computer Systems Analysts typically move into roles as Senior Systems Analysts or Information Technology (IT) Managers, where they can expect an extra $20K or $15,659 per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Systems Analyst

Computer Systems Analysts seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Oracle, Java, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 19 percent, 11 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and HTML. Most people familiar with 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 but not all Computer Systems Analysts, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $51K can reach $61K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $66K. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Computer Systems Analysts approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $82K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 28 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Baltimore
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National Average
$60,000
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With a pay rate for Computer Systems Analysts that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Miami offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Also paying near the top of the field are Huntsville, Boston, San Jose, and Los Angeles, where Computer Systems Analysts annually earn 20 percent, 20 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent more than the national average. San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Computer Systems Analyst Salaries

National Average
$60,000

Skills That Affect Computer Systems Analyst Salaries

UNIX
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Oracle
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Project Management
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SQL
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$60,000
Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 227 votes.

Gender

Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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