Average Software Analysts in the United States make around $59K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but years of experience and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Analysts greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for Software Analysts is high.

$40,553 - $88,277
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$41K
$59K
$88K
MEDIAN: $58,975
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$16.59 - $40.33
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$17
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$40
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,553 - $88,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,109  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$40,424 - $90,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.59 - $40.33  
   
Overtime
$8.05 - $49.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,109  
   
Commission
$7,000  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$40,424 - $90,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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.

Common Career Paths for Software Analyst


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Software Analysts often transition into Senior Software Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Software Engineers earn $108K per year.

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Popular Skills for Software Analyst


Software Analysts seem to wield many skills on the job. Lucky workers who know .NET can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. C++ and Software Test are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 20 percent and 24 percent. Those listing System Testing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft SQL Server and Software Knowledge also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Software Knowledge tend to be well versed in Project Management and Software Development. For most people, competency in Microsoft SQL Server indicates knowledge of Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $55K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $63K on average. Software Analysts see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Software Analysts who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $89K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,582

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

Baltimore offers some of the highest pay in the country for Software Analysts, 50 percent above the national average. Software Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+40 percent), San Francisco (+30 percent), Atlanta (+24 percent), and San Diego (+23 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Kansas City. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Charlotte (9 percent lower) and Orlando (8 percent lower).

Software Analyst Reviews

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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Experience Affects Software Analyst Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Software Analyst Salaries

.NET
up arrow 24%

C++
up arrow 20%

Java/J2EE
up arrow 20%

Software Test
up arrow 20%

C#
up arrow 8%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 7%

JavaScript
up arrow 7%

Software Development
up arrow 4%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 4%

National Average
$60,000

Java
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 4%




System Testing
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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