Average System Software Developer Salary
$102,000 yearly
$49.26 hourly
Updated August 18, 2021
$76,000
10 %
$102,000
Median
$136,000
90 %
What Is The Average System Software Developer Salary?
The average system software developer salary is $102,465 per year, or $49.26 per hour, in the United States. In terms of salary range, an entry level system software developer salary is roughly $76,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $136,000. If you like following the crowd, technology and telecommunication companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out retail, technology, and telecommunication companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Washington, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York provide the highest system software developer salaries.

Average System Software Developer Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where system software developers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

System Software Developer average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
$77,883
$37.44
Alaska
$76,686
$36.87
Arizona
$88,460
$42.53
Arkansas
$67,343
$32.38
California
$126,237
$60.69
Colorado
$87,870
$42.25
Connecticut
$90,411
$43.47
Delaware
$96,152
$46.23
District of Columbia
$112,697
$54.18
Florida
$77,214
$37.12
Georgia
$81,507
$39.19
Hawaii
$68,961
$33.15
Idaho
$83,432
$40.11
Illinois
$82,486
$39.66
Indiana
$68,818
$33.09
Iowa
$79,535
$38.24
Kansas
$68,724
$33.04
Kentucky
$67,942
$32.66
Louisiana
$76,645
$36.85
Maine
$93,003
$44.71
Maryland
$85,158
$40.94
Massachusetts
$100,223
$48.18
Michigan
$82,049
$39.45
Minnesota
$86,474
$41.57
Mississippi
$68,281
$32.83
Missouri
$77,783
$37.40
Montana
$87,302
$41.97
Nebraska
$76,724
$36.89
Nevada
$92,776
$44.60
New Hampshire
$107,686
$51.77
New Jersey
$96,922
$46.60
New Mexico
$74,277
$35.71
New York
$107,102
$51.49
North Carolina
$86,337
$41.51
North Dakota
$70,259
$33.78
Ohio
$78,038
$37.52
Oklahoma
$68,426
$32.90
Oregon
$95,419
$45.87
Pennsylvania
$81,769
$39.31
Rhode Island
$93,110
$44.76
South Carolina
$68,772
$33.06
South Dakota
$60,445
$29.06
Tennessee
$70,926
$34.10
Texas
$94,889
$45.62
Utah
$88,047
$42.33
Vermont
$108,001
$51.92
Virginia
$94,559
$45.46
Washington
$111,755
$53.73
West Virginia
$75,690
$36.39
Wisconsin
$71,696
$34.47
Wyoming
$59,323
$28.52

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Highest Paying Cities For System Software Developer

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
San Francisco, CA
$133,848
$64.35
Seattle, WA
$112,807
$54.23
Troy, NY
$108,368
$52.10
Cambridge, MA
$100,297
$48.22
Austin, TX
$95,855
$46.08
Hillsboro, OR
$95,144
$45.74

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Average System Software Developer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $102,000
    $49.26
    +1.8%
    2020
    $101,000
    $48.39
    +1.7%
    2019
    $99,000
    $47.58
    +1.8%
    2018
    $97,200
    $46.71
    +2.8%
    2017
    $94,400
    $45.41
    +3.0%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Software Analyst

    Avg. salary: $73,059

    A software analyst is responsible for creating and designing software programs and applications, as well as modifying existing ones for optimization according to business requirements. Software analysts work with the technical team to draw system codes, analyze programming languages, and ensure the stability and efficiency of software navigation by running multiple quality checks to the system. They inspect the application's performance, configure servers, and improve software infrastructure according to quality findings. A software analyst records resolution reports and provides progress updates, ensuring that the project adheres to budget limitations and set timetables.
    150,334 Software Analyst Jobs
    Software Systems Engineer

    Avg. salary: $97,614

    A software systems engineer is responsible for designing and creating software systems applications and programs according to clients' specifications or business' needs. They work to improve the features of existing applications to boost efficiency and optimal performance. Software systems engineers manage systems configuration and structural development to develop high-quality outputs and deliverables. They also run multiple diagnostic tests to ensure smooth navigations and server transitions and identify efficient technical solutions. A software systems engineer assists the end-users with application issues, performing troubleshooting operations, and creating resolution reports for reference.
    208,714 Software Systems Engineer Jobs
    Android Developer

    Avg. salary: $84,649

    An android developer is responsible for creating digital applications for the Android system market. Android developers design applications depending on their clients' specifications, business needs, or personal use. They analyze the current trends, developing an application that meets the users' demands and public interests. An android developer should have strong knowledge of software systems, computer codes, and programming languages, ensuring the smooth navigation of the application, boosting its optimal performance, and identifying inconsistencies through running multiple diagnostic tests.
    94,491 Android Developer Jobs
    NET Developer

    Avg. salary: $80,196

    A NET developer specializes in crafting and producing various software and information systems through extensive computer and information technology knowledge. A NET developer's responsibilities range from designing and developing applications, generating codes and building a secure database, implementing regulations, and providing continuous support and maintenance. A NET developer must also have an active line of communication and coordination as there are instances when one's work revolves in a team setting or meets particular demands or specifications from a client.
    95,315 NET Developer Jobs
    Developer

    Avg. salary: $84,737

    Developers are usually system or application developers in a company who work on specific projects related to networks or applications from conception to implementation. They attend planning sessions to ensure that the program is feasible. They are responsible for designing the system through coding and basic user interface design. They also work on troubleshooting any challenges that may be met at the testing stage of the program's development. They solve challenges and ensure that minimal problems will arise upon publishing the system or application. They also manage the evaluation to ensure that the program's goals are accomplished and that the end-users are satisfied with the results.
    152,152 Developer Jobs
    Java/J2ee Developer

    Avg. salary: $83,505

    Java developers are in charge of the design, development, and management of Java-based applications. Whereas, J2EE or Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition developers are responsible for developing web and software enterprise-internet level applications. Both developers utilize the Java programming language, but the first one develops desktop-based applications while the later develop enterprise-related applications. Java developers have many roles and responsibilities, and they vary based on the applications that they develop and design.
    94,105 Java/J2ee Developer Jobs

    System Software Developer Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a system software developer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $64,600
    $31.07
    Mid Level
    $90,700
    $43.62
    Senior Level
    $162,000
    $77.87

    Which Companies Pay System Software Developers The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like TV Guide and Twitter as they offer the highest salaries for system software developers.
    Company
    LogoRankCompanyAverage System Software Developer SalarySystem Software Developer Salary Range
    1TV Guide
    4.6
    $154,716
    $123k
    $169k
    2Twitter
    4.9
    $152,477
    $123k
    $169k
    3Turner Broadcasting Sales
    4.4
    $148,520
    $123k
    $169k
    4TripAdvisor
    4.6
    $146,103
    $123k
    $169k
    5Pinterest
    4.3
    $146,056
    $123k
    $169k
    6Walmart
    4.8
    $145,840
    $123k
    $169k

    Recently Added System Software Developer Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Systems Software Developer 2
    Denver, CO
    08/04/2021
    $70,000
    08/04/2021
    Eugene Water and Electric Board
    GIS Software Developer/System Admin. II
    GIS Software Developer/System Admin. II
    Eugene, OR
    08/02/2021
    $78,704
    08/02/2021
    Security Automation Developer, GPU System SW
    Santa Clara, CA
    08/02/2021
    $126,000
    08/02/2021
    Eugene Water and Electric Board
    GIS Software Developer/System Admin. II
    GIS Software Developer/System Admin. II
    Eugene, OR
    07/09/2021
    $78,704
    07/09/2021
    Secure Data Systems Software Developer (Software Developer)
    Los Alamos, NM
    05/19/2021
    $77,300
    05/19/2021
    Secure Data Systems Software Developer (Software Developer)
    Los Alamos, NM
    05/19/2021
    $77,300
    05/19/2021
    Clientserver Technology Solutions LLC
    Software Developer-System Architect
    Software Developer-System Architect
    Iselin, NJ
    03/24/2021
    $80,000
    03/24/2021
    Software Developer, Systems
    Vernon Hills, IL
    03/23/2021
    $87,838
    03/23/2021
    Software Developer, Systems Software
    Chicago, IL
    03/23/2021
    $112,000
    03/23/2021
    Software Developer, Systems Software
    Irving, TX
    03/19/2021
    $93,558
    03/19/2021

    Average System Software Developer Salary by Demographic

    System Software Developer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $108,873
    female-income
    Female Income
    $101,115
    Median System Software Developer Income by Race
    Asian system software developers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american system software developers have the lowest average salary at $100,893.
    $111,000
    $109,000
    $107,000
    $105,000
    $103,000
    $101,000
    $99,000
    Unknown
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Unknown$106,545
    White$105,440
    Black or African American$100,893
    Asian$109,792
    Hispanic or Latino$102,301
    Average System Software Developer Salary by Education Level
    System software developers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $130,654 annually. With a Masters degree, system software developers earn a median annual income of $118,024 compared to $108,873 for system software developers with an Bachelors degree.
    $134,000
    $129,000
    $124,000
    $119,000
    $114,000
    $109,000
    $104,000
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$118,024
    Bachelor's Degree$108,873
    Doctorate Degree$130,654