Computer Systems Analyst Salary

The average Computer Systems Analyst in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $63K per year. Total cash compensation to Computer Systems Analysts approaches anywhere from $39K on the lower end to $91K 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 length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Computer Systems Analysts survey respondents are men (78 percent). Most Computer Systems Analysts report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$39,998 - $89,759
(Median)
$40K
$63K
$90K
MEDIAN: $63,256
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$15.50 - $41.59
(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
$39,998 - $89,759  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,676  
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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$38,722 - $91,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 602
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.50 - $41.59  
   
Overtime
$1.52 - $47.34  
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 - $9,676  
   
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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$38,722 - $91,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Senior Software Engineer, where median compensation is $93K annually. The most common next step for a Computer Systems Analyst is to become a Senior Systems Analyst or an Information Technology Manager. The former position pays an additional $18K per year on average, and the latter position pays $13K more per year.

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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 Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Access. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Computer Systems Analysts. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $63K. Computer Systems Analysts see a median salary of $67K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $79K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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%

Oracle
up arrow 9%


up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 2%

National Average
$63,000

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 5%

HTML
up arrow 6%



Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
up arrow 9%





Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 10%