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Computer Systems Analyst Salary

Computer Systems Analysts in the United States take home an average $64K per year. In the world of Computer Systems Analysts, total cash compensation can vary between $39K and $93K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $17K, respectively. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. 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. Job satisfaction for Computer Systems Analysts is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,266 - $91,452
(Median)
$40K
$64K
$91K
MEDIAN: $64,102
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90%

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$16.26 - $41.87
(Median)
$16
$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
$40,266 - $91,452  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,846  
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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$38,993 - $92,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 586
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
$16.26 - $41.87  
   
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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,846  
   
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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$38,993 - $92,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110

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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 large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Software Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $93K annually. A common career progression for a Computer Systems Analyst is to become a Senior Systems Analyst or an Information Technology Manager. Compared to Computer Systems Analysts, the first group earns $17K more on average, and the second group earns $13K more.

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Popular Skills for Computer Systems Analyst


Computer Systems Analysts seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 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 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 many Computer Systems Analysts, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $63K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $53K. Computer Systems Analysts who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $69K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $82K on average.

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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 8%


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 142 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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