Software Analyst Salary

Software Analysts in the United States can expect wages of $60K annually on average. Overall cash earnings for Software Analysts stretch from $42K on the lower end to $90K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Software Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Software Analysts survey respondents are men (71 percent). Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$41,436 - $88,198
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$88K
MEDIAN: $60,423
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$15.91 - $41.07
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$16
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$41
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$41,436 - $88,198  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,456  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $9,060  
Commission
$3,200  
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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$41,923 - $89,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 406
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.91 - $41.07  
   
Overtime
$24.72 - $54.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,456  
   
Commission
$3,200  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $9,060  
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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$41,923 - $89,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Job Description for Software Analyst

Software analysts are responsible for all aspects of software development projects. They work with customers to develop an understanding of their needs and the specifications the project will require. After careful planning and research, they work with other software developers to produce code and a system to meet those specifications. They help test the software to ensure it fully meets their customers’ needs. Once the completed project is delivered, software analysts work with the customer to install and learn to effectively use the program. If any issues arise, they are responsible for rewriting code and providing updates to the users. They also work with customers to maintain existing software as needed throughout its lifetime.

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Software Analyst Tasks

  • Participate in code reviews and provide technical expertise.
  • Analyze and modify software systems using a variety of coding languages.
  • Implement and test programs for business goals, ensuring fit to user needs.
  • Document existing systems, proposed modifications, and software requirements.

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Popular Skills for Software Analyst


Software Analysts seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know .NET can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. C++ and Software Test are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 18 percent and 22 percent. Those listing System Testing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Software Knowledge and Microsoft SQL Server also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Software Knowledge are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Software Development. It is often found that people who know Microsoft SQL Server are also skilled in Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Analyst

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


For many Software Analysts, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $55K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $66K. Software Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $75K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $83K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,689

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

For Software Analysts, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Software Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+21 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Austin (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Software Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%



National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Software Analyst Salaries

.NET
up arrow 22%

C++
up arrow 18%

Software Test
up arrow 18%

Java/J2EE
up arrow 17%

JavaScript
up arrow 7%


C#
up arrow 6%

Java
up arrow 5%

National Average
$61,000

SQL
up arrow 3%

Business Analysis
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System Testing
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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