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Salary Outlook

The Labor Department reports that computer system analysts made a median salary of $79,680 in 2012. The highest-paid 10 percent in the profession earned $122,090 that year, while the lowest-paid earned $49,950. Some of the most highly compensated analyst positions support the mining industry and securities and commodities exchanges. Two niche industries that pay computer systems analysts particularly well are animal slaughtering and household appliance manufacturing, but job seekers should note that there are relatively few positions available in these fields. Location-wise, the highest-paying jobs can be found along the East Coast, from Bridgeport, Conn., to North Port, Fla., with State College, Pa., in between.

Job Salary Year
2004 $71,340.00
2006 $74,880.00
2008 $83,200.00
2010 $81,250.00
2012 $83,800.00

Average Computer Systems Analyst Pay vs. All Technology Jobs

Checking in with a mean salary of $83,800, the average computer systems analyst makes about $9,500 less than the average software developer, but the occupation still pays well compared with other technology jobs. These professionals earn more than the average database administrator, computer programmer, network and computer systems administrator and Web developer.

Job Name Salary
Software Developer $90,060.00
Computer Systems Analyst $79,680.00
Database Administrator $77,080.00
Computer Programmer $74,280.00
Computer Systems Administrator $72,560.00
Web Developer $62,500.00

Best Paying Cities for Computer Systems Analysts

The highest paid in the computer systems analyst profession work in the metropolitan areas of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Sarasota, Florida, and State College, Pennsylvania. The Port St. Lucie, Florida area also pays well, as does the city of Washington, D.C.

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Average Salary: $116,560 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer systems analyst working in Bridgeport, Connecticut is $116,560, which is $36,880 more than the average pay in the profession.

Sarasota, Florida

Average Salary: $109,420 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer systems analyst working in Sarasota, Florida is $109,420, which is $29,740 more than the average pay in the profession.

State College, Pennsylvania

Average Salary: $109,080 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer systems analyst working in State College, Pennsylvania is $109,080, which is $29,400 more than the average pay in the profession.

Port St. Lucie, Florida

Average Salary: $107,900 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer systems analyst working in Port St. Lucie, Florida is $107,900, which is $28,220 more than the average pay in the profession.

Washington, D.C.

Average Salary: $102,510 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer systems analyst working in Washington, D.C. is $102,510, which is $22,830 more than the average pay in the profession.

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Last updated by Nathan Hellman.


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