Software Analyst Salary

Pay for Software Analysts in the United States sits in the ballpark of $61K annually. Overall cash earnings for Software Analysts stretch from $42K on the lower end to $91K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. 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. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,219 - $89,313
(Median)
$41K
$61K
$89K
MEDIAN: $61,118
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$15.80 - $41.11
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$16
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$41
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,219 - $89,313  
   
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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$41,599 - $90,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 370
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.80 - $41.11  
   
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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$41,599 - $90,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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 report using a large range 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 37 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 experienced in Software Development also know Software Knowledge and Project Management. 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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. For Software Analysts, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $76K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $89K.

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Experience Affects Software Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%



National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Software Analyst Salaries

C++
up arrow 37%

.NET
up arrow 21%

Java/J2EE
up arrow 17%

Software Test
up arrow 17%

JavaScript
up arrow 14%

Java
up arrow 12%


C#
up arrow 11%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$61,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 1%

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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 7%
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