Software Analyst Salary

Software Analysts in the United States take home an average $61K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $9K, respectively — total cash payment to Software Analysts can bottom out near $41K or peak near $91K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Software Analysts claim 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.

$40,813 - $89,115
(Median)
$41K
$61K
$89K
MEDIAN: $60,920
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90%

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$15.76 - $41.23
(Median)
$16
$26
$41
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,813 - $89,115  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,302  
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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$41,451 - $90,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.76 - $41.23  
   
Overtime
$24.81 - $57.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,302  
   
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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$41,451 - $90,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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


Survey results imply that Software Analysts deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with C++, .NET, and Software Test are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 21 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Those listing System Testing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Software Knowledge and SQL also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Microsoft SQL Server also know Project Management. A tool kit that includes Software Development also typically contains Software Knowledge and Project Management.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $55K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $66K. Software Analysts who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $76K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $89K.

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Experience Affects Software Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%



National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Software Analyst Salaries

C++
up arrow 38%

.NET
up arrow 21%

Java/J2EE
up arrow 17%

Software Test
up arrow 17%

JavaScript
up arrow 14%


Java
up arrow 9%

C#
up arrow 7%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 6%


System Testing
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 7%
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