Computer Systems Analyst Salary

For Computer Systems Analysts, annual average wages total $65K per year. Total cash compensation for Computer Systems Analysts runs from $39K to $93K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $17K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Systems Analysts greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,702 - $91,580
(Median)
$41K
$65K
$92K
MEDIAN: $64,620
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$16.09 - $42.80
(Median)
$16
$24
$43
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
$40,702 - $91,580  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,776  
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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$39,407 - $92,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 574
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.09 - $42.80  
   
Overtime
$1.20 - $49.46  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,776  
   
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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$39,407 - $92,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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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Though some Computer Systems Analysts move into positions like Senior Software Engineer (where the average salary is $93K), this progression is not the norm. 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 deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Microsoft SQL Server, Project Management, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Microsoft Access, and Windows Operating System General Use. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $54K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. Computer Systems Analysts who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $69K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Computer Systems Analyst generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $80K.

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Experience Affects Computer Systems Analyst Salaries



National Average
$64,000



Skills That Affect Computer Systems Analyst Salaries

UNIX
up arrow 14%



up arrow 5%

SQL
up arrow 3%

Java
up arrow 3%

National Average
$64,000

HTML
up arrow 2%



Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 7%


Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
up arrow 10%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%
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