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Software Analyst Salary

Software Analysts in the United States can expect to earn an average of $60K per year. With some bonuses approaching $6K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of Software Analysts spread between $41K and $91K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Analysts greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$40,665 - $90,214
(Median)
41K
48K
60K
74K
90K
MEDIAN: $59,706
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$15.50 - $40.90
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,665 - $90,214  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$1,922 - $9,274  
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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$41,332 - $91,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.50 - $40.90  
   
Overtime
$24.14 - $57.35  
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 - $5,872  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,922 - $9,274  
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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$41,332 - $91,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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 require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with C++, .NET, and Software Test are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 24 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those listing System Testing and Software Knowledge as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those familiar with Microsoft SQL Server also tend to know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Analyst

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


Software Analysts with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $53K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $66K. Software Analysts see a median salary of $78K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $86K.

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Experience Affects Software Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%



National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Software Analyst Salaries

C++
up arrow 37%

.NET
up arrow 24%

Software Test
up arrow 20%

Java/J2EE
up arrow 19%

Java
up arrow 17%


C#
up arrow 15%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$60,000

Software Knowledge
up arrow 12%

System Testing
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 8%