Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salary

Median pay for Computer Software Systems Engineers in the United States is around $79K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Software Systems Engineers can bottom out near $51K or peak near $122K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though tenure and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Computer Software Systems Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Computer Software Systems Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 87 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$53,542 - $121,721
$54K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,639
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$16.48 - $65.95
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MEDIAN: $30.72
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$0$127K
Salary $53,542 - $121,721
Bonus $500 - $11,695
Profit Sharing $1,200 - $12,000
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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$51,445 - $127,057
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 287
Hourly Data $0$97
Hourly Rate $16.48 - $65.95
Hourly Tips $11.67
Overtime $22.98 - $97.87
Annual Data $0$127K
Bonus $500 - $11,695
Profit Sharing $1,200 - $12,000
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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$51,445 - $127,057
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 35

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Job Description for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software

Computer operating systems, compilers, distribution and billing platforms, and multi-unit inventory management programs are all considered “systems software." This software forms a framework for businesses and organizations on which other activities can be performed. Computer software engineers in systems software are specialized software engineers that help develop new systems and platforms, as well as maintain and update existing platforms to meet the needs of the marketplace and/or employer.

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Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Tasks

  • Design, implement, and test database schemas.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for operating systems.
  • Write kernel code for real-time or multitasking operating systems, including device drivers.
  • Use kernel debuggers, system dumps, and assembly language, as well as higher level languages.
  • Test and document software for operating systems.

Common Career Paths for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software


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As Computer Software Systems Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Systems Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Systems Engineers earn $100K on average per year. Computer Software Systems Engineers most often move into positions as Software Development Project Managers or Senior Systems Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software


For Computer Software Systems Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Intel Corporation; in fact, median earnings sit around $91K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software


Computer Software Systems Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C programming Language, Linux, C, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Java, SQL, and HTML. Most people skilled in C are similarly competent in Linux and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software

Pay by Experience for a Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 211 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 87 salaries. An experienced Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 52 salaries. A Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,160

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

Computer Software Systems Engineers will find that Santa Clara offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Computer Software Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+27 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), and Portland (+14 percent). Houston is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Chicago and Baltimore are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries

▲34%

▲26%

▲10%

National Average
$80,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software Salaries


▲8%

C
▲6%

▲4%

▲4%

▲3%


▲2%

National Average
$80,000

C++
▼1%


C#
▼8%

Microsoft Access
▼8%

▼11%

SQL
▼12%

▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 10%
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