Computer Systems Analyst Salary (United States)

Computer Systems Analysts in the United States can typically expect wages of $60,058 per year. The top of the range reaches $87,713 per year, and the bottom approaches $38,470. Total cash compensation to Computer Systems Analysts varies from $38,470 to $87,713; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8,242 each. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Computer Systems Analysts (80 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale 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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Computer Systems Analysts may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Sr. Software Engineer may bring in a lot more money — an additional $33K annually. It is quite typical for Computer Systems Analysts to transition into roles as Senior Systems Analysts or Information Technology Managers, where expected earnings are an additional $20K or $15,659 per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Systems Analyst

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and HTML. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent 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 salaries for more plentiful past experience. Standard salaries begin at $51K and can reach $61K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $66K after 10 to 20 years. Computer Systems Analysts experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $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 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. 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

Miami
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San Jose
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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Baltimore
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National Average
$60,000
San Antonio
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Miami is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Systems Analysts, 33 percent higher than the national average. Other big spenders include Huntsville, Boston, San Jose, and Los Angeles, top-paying cities where Computer Systems Analysts see paychecks higher than average (+20 percent, +20 percent, +18 percent, and +17 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 17 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Computer Systems Analyst Salaries

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$60,000

Skills That Affect Computer Systems Analyst Salaries

UNIX
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Oracle
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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%