Median pay for SAS Programmers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $77K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to SAS Programmers can bottom out near $52K or peak near $128K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male SAS Programmers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26.18 - $78.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,658 - $113,148  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,589  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,033  
Total Pay (?
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$51,852 - $127,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 540
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$26.18 - $78.98  
   
Overtime
$49.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,589  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,033  
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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$51,852 - $127,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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Job Description for SAS Programmer

An SAS programmer typically programs develops, maintains, and validates data structure and software. This can involve statistical analyses, reports, data sets, tables, figures, and listings. They design and write standard macros that can be maintained, supported, documented, and user friendly. They may also assist with training other programmers or statisticians to ensure the development of specific skill sets within the company.

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SAS Programmer Tasks

  • Design, implement, test, and debug database stored procedures and complex queries to extract, calculate or manipulate information.
  • Write stored procedures and code to implement extract, transform, and load methodologies.
  • Design, implement, and test the structure and schemas of the data warehouse.

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Popular Skills for SAS Programmer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Lucky workers who know UNIX can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. PL/SQL and SQL are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 6 percent and 28 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C++, Microsoft Excel, and HTML. The majority of those who know SAS also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for SAS Programmer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $70K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $94K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $106K. For some reason, SAS Programmers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $103K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,748

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For SAS Programmers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. SAS Programmers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+18 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a SAS Programmer's salary, with Buffalo SAS Programmers earning salaries that are 35 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cincinnati (29 percent less) and Ann Arbor (19 percent less).

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Experience Affects SAS Programmer Salaries




National Average
$82,000


Skills That Affect SAS Programmer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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