Computer Systems Analyst Salary

Computer Systems Analysts in the United States can expect wages of $67K per year on average. Cash earnings for Computer Systems Analysts — which occasionally include more than $11K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $40K to approximately $95K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and experience level. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Systems Analysts. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Systems Analysts greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,227 - $93,931
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$43K
$67K
$94K
MEDIAN: $66,858
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$15.38 - $42.45
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$42
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$43,227 - $93,931  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,599  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,973  
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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$40,071 - $95,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 572
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.38 - $42.45  
   
Overtime
$1.36 - $55.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,599  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,973  
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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$40,071 - $95,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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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There are some Computer Systems Analysts — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Software Engineers, where earnings are an average $93K annually. It is quite typical for Computer Systems Analysts to transition into roles as Senior Systems Analysts or Information Technology Managers, where reported median earnings are $16K and $11K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Systems Analyst


Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Lockheed Martin Corp offers the lowest median salary at $63K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $45K and $83K.

Popular Skills for Computer Systems Analyst


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, UNIX, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Active Server Pages, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. The majority of those 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 Computer Systems Analysts, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $56K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $66K. Computer Systems Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $72K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $81K.

Computer Systems Analyst Reviews

What is it like working as a Computer Systems Analyst?

Computer Systems Analyst in St. Joseph:
"Quickly Changing, Exciting Direction."
Pros: I get to work with many different areas of the business in reporting projects. The work is challenging and I feel like we help the company perform better. I can work from where ever and am not restricted to certain hours or locations, although I mostly work from the office.
Cons: Not having clear role responsibilities and enough resources to meet the demand of reporting needs.

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Experience Affects Computer Systems Analyst Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Computer Systems Analyst Salaries


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Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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