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Computer Systems Analyst Salary

Pay for Computer Systems Analysts in the United States sits in the ballpark of $64K per year. Total cash compensation to Computer Systems Analysts approaches anywhere from $39K on the lower end to $92K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $17K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Computer Systems Analysts are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Computer Systems Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,256 - $91,287
(Median)
$40K
$64K
$91K
MEDIAN: $64,204
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$16.64 - $41.98
(Median)
$17
$24
$42
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,256 - $91,287  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,853  
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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$39,063 - $92,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 585
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.64 - $41.98  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $48.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,853  
   
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).
)
$39,063 - $92,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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 who advance into the role of a Senior Software Engineer are fairly uncommon. Senior Software Engineers on average earn $93K per year. Career advancement for the typical Computer Systems Analyst often leads to becoming a Senior Systems Analyst or an Information Technology Manager; median salaries in these positions are $17K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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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, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Microsoft Access, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people experienced in 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.


Computer Systems Analysts generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $53K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. Computer Systems Analysts see a median salary of $69K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $82K.

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Experience Affects Computer Systems Analyst Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Computer Systems Analyst Salaries

UNIX
up arrow 15%


up arrow 7%


Java
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 3%

National Average
$63,000

HTML
up arrow 4%


Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 6%



Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
up arrow 10%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 9%
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