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Computer Systems Analyst Salary (United States)

For Computer Systems Analysts, yearly wages usually total $61K annually. Final cash compensation to Computer Systems Analysts varies from around $38K to approximately $88K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $17K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. In this field, men are more common than women; 80 percent of Computer Systems Analysts are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Systems Analysts. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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 (?
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  
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  
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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At the upper end, Computer Systems Analysts who move into a Senior Software Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The typical income for Senior Software Engineers is $93K per year. Computer Systems Analysts most often move into positions as Senior Systems Analysts or Information Technology Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $20K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Computer Systems Analyst

Computer Systems Analysts report using a large range 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 of 19 percent, 11 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and HTML. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in 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.
Computer Systems Analysts generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $51K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $61K. Computer Systems Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $66K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $82K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

Miami
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Huntsville
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Boston
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San Jose
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Los Angeles
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Washington
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Houston
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Baltimore
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National Average
$60,000
San Antonio
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For those looking to make money, Computer Systems Analysts in Miami enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Huntsville, Boston, San Jose, and Los Angeles, where Computer Systems Analysts typically earn around 20 percent, 20 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent more than usual. Trailing the national average by 17 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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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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%