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Software Analyst Salary

The average Software Analyst in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $61K annually. In the world of Software Analysts, overall income ranges from $42K near the bottom to $92K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Software Analysts who answered the questionnnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Software Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,307 - $90,046
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$41K
$61K
$90K
MEDIAN: $60,705
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$15.72 - $41.37
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National Salary 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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,307 - $90,046  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,240  
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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$41,633 - $91,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.72 - $41.37  
   
Overtime
$24.77 - $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 - $6,240  
   
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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$41,633 - $91,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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, 22 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. System Testing and Software Knowledge, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Those educated in Microsoft SQL Server tend to be well versed in 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 $54K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $67K. Software Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $77K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $92K.

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Experience Affects Software Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%



National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Software Analyst Salaries

C++
up arrow 38%

.NET
up arrow 22%

Software Test
up arrow 18%

Java/J2EE
up arrow 17%

C#
up arrow 15%

Java
up arrow 13%


JavaScript
up arrow 7%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft SQL Server
0%

National Average
$61,000


System Testing
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 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
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 7%
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