Computer Systems Analyst Salary

Earnings for Computer Systems Analysts in the United States come in at around $65K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $17K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Systems Analysts can bottom out near $40K or peak near $93K depending on individual performance. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Systems Analysts greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$41,082 - $92,120

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$16.02 - $40.62

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,082 - $92,120  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,757  
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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$39,672 - $92,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 566
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$16.02 - $40.62  
   
Overtime
$0.39 - $57.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,757  
   
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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$39,672 - $92,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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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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While not commonly seen, Computer Systems Analysts who transition into a Senior Software Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Software Engineers is $93K per year. Computer Systems Analysts typically move into roles as Senior Systems Analysts or Information Technology Managers, and those positions pay $17K more and $12K more, respectively.

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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, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Access, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $63K. Computer Systems Analysts who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $69K. As Computer Systems Analysts reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $79K.

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Experience Affects Computer Systems Analyst Salaries



National Average
$64,000



Skills That Affect Computer Systems Analyst Salaries

UNIX
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up arrow 5%

SQL
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Java
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$64,000

HTML
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Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 7%


Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 9%
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