Software Analyst Salary

Median pay for Software Analysts in the United States is around $58K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by career length and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Analysts greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$41,205 - $86,307
$41K
$58K
$86K
MEDIAN: $58,490
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$15.26 - $39.48
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$28
$39
MEDIAN: $28.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$41,205 - $86,307  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,109  
Profit Sharing
$4,913  
Commission
$7,000  
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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$41,132 - $87,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.26 - $39.48  
   
Overtime
$7.86 - $47.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,109  
   
Commission
$7,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,913  
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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$41,132 - $87,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 29

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Software Analyst


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Many Software Analysts move into a Senior Software Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $108K per year.

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Popular Skills for Software Analyst


Survey takers working as Software Analysts report using a large range of professional skills. Lucky workers who know .NET can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. C++ and Software Test are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 21 percent and 25 percent. Those listing System Testing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft SQL Server and Project Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Microsoft SQL Server also know Software Development. Skill sets containing Software Knowledge also tend to include Project Management and Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Analyst

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


Software Analysts who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $55K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $61K. Software Analysts bring in $71K after working for 10 to 20 years. Software Analysts who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,153

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

For Software Analysts, busy Baltimore offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Software Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+47 percent), San Francisco (+31 percent), Atlanta (+25 percent), and San Diego (+24 percent). The lowest-paying market is Kansas City, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Charlotte and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Software Analyst Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Software Analyst?

Software Analyst in Burlingame:
"Experience as a Software Analyst."
Pros: Learning how to manage people and schedules as well as improving my strategical skills with decision making and risk taking. Work hours flexibility.
Cons: No bonuses. No appraisal or evaluation. Raises are never discussed. Stress level is high. Pressure from clients are high.

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Key Stats for Software Analyst

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Software Analyst Salaries

▲47%

▲19%

▲3%

National Average
$59,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Software Analyst Salaries

.NET
▲25%

C++
▲21%

Java/J2EE
▲21%

Software Test
▲21%

C#
▲9%

JavaScript
▲8%

C# Programming Language
▲3%


National Average
$59,000


SQL
▼2%

▼3%

C++ Programming Language
▼4%



System Testing
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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