Software Analyst Salary

For Software Analysts, annual average wages total $58K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Analysts. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,756 - $87,219
$41K
$58K
$87K
MEDIAN: $58,418
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$15.26 - $39.48
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$28
$39
MEDIAN: $28.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$40,756 - $87,219  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,764  
Profit Sharing
$4,913  
Total Pay (?
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$40,828 - $88,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.26 - $39.48  
   
Overtime
$7.79 - $47.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,764  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,913  
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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$40,828 - $88,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 29

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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


Software Analysts seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 25 percent, 22 percent, and 21 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. It is often found that people who know Microsoft SQL Server are also skilled in Software Development. Most people experienced in Software Knowledge also know Project Management and Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Analyst

Pay by Experience for a Software Analyst has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Analyst with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 148 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Analyst with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 71 salaries. An experienced Software Analyst which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 52 salaries. A Software Analyst with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 15 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,981

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

Home to some of the best pay for Software Analysts, Baltimore offers exceptional salaries, 50 percent above the national average. Software Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+48 percent), San Francisco (+31 percent), Atlanta (+25 percent), and San Diego (+24 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Kansas City. Workers in Charlotte and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 6 percent less, 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
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Software Analyst Salaries

▲47%

▲20%

▲4%

National Average
$59,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Software Analyst Salaries

.NET
▲25%

C++
▲22%

Java/J2EE
▲21%

Software Test
▲21%

C#
▲10%

JavaScript
▲9%


C# Programming Language
▲3%

National Average
$59,000


SQL
▼2%

▼3%

C++ Programming Language
▼3%



System Testing
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 12%
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