Median pay for Software Analysts in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $59K annually. While experience level and the particular employer impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Work is enjoyable for Software Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Software Analysts who answered the questionnnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$40,963 - $88,285
$41K
$59K
$88K
MEDIAN: $58,846
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$15.55 - $39.85
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MEDIAN: $28.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,963 - $88,285  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,170  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$40,834 - $90,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 239
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $39.85  
   
Overtime
$7.93 - $47.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,170  
   
Commission
$7,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$40,834 - $90,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with .NET, C++, and Software Test are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 21 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. 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 skilled in Microsoft SQL Server are similarly competent in Software Development. Those familiar with Software Knowledge tend to be well versed in 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Software Analysts. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $55K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $69K in this role. Software Analysts who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $89K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,413

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

For Software Analysts, Baltimore provides a pay rate that is 51 percent greater than the national average. Software Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+46 percent), San Francisco (+30 percent), Atlanta (+24 percent), and San Diego (+23 percent). Kansas City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Employers in Charlotte and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 7 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
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Software Analyst Salaries




National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Software Analyst Salaries

.NET
up arrow 24%

C++
up arrow 21%

Java/J2EE
up arrow 20%

Software Test
up arrow 20%

C#
up arrow 9%

JavaScript
up arrow 8%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 5%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 3%


National Average
$59,000

SQL
up arrow 2%

Java
up arrow 4%




System Testing
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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