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Systems Programmer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$76,000
$55,000
$76,000
$106,000
Systems programmers in the United States make an average salary of $76,851 per year or $36.95 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $55,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $106,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Connecticut provide the highest systems programmer salaries.
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Map of Systems Programmer Salaries

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Average Salary

Average Systems Programmer Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a systems programmer is roughly $76,851 per year, which boils down to $36.95 per hour. Interestingly enough, systems programmers have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $106,311 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $71,000. Additionally, systems programmers make more than the average salary in Washington, DC, Bothell, WA, Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, and Charlotte, NC. On a more broad level, systems programmer salaries are highest in Washington, California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Connecticut, Maryland, and Virginia. On the contrary, Minnesota, Montana, and Nebraska offer the lowest systems programmer salaries.

City
Average Salary
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$106,311
$106k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$96,909
$97k
Bothell, WA
Bothell, WA
$95,109
$95k
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$88,275
$88k
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
$86,675
$87k
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC
$86,645
$87k
Alexandria, VA
Alexandria, VA
$84,372
$84k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$82,921
$83k
Portland, OR
Portland, OR
$77,387
$77k
Duluth, GA
Duluth, GA
$76,559
$77k

High Paying Systems Programmer Jobs

Average Systems Programmer Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a systems programmer, being employed by a company such as Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy or eBay would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Apple and Infinera also report highly competitive salaries for systems programmers.

Company
Average Salary
$115,183
$115k
$112,260
$112k
$110,178
$110k
$105,160
$105k
$103,406
$103k
$103,339
$103k

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Systems Programmer Salary History

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    Average Systems Programmer Pay By Industry

    Systems programmer salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with finance, telecommunication, and health care companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a systems programmer can make a yearly salary of $83,967 while working for finance companies. All the while, other systems programmers are making $80,718 at telecommunication companies and $79,296 at health care companies. One industry systems programmers may want to avoid is the manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $71,053.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Finance
    Finance
    $83,967
    $84k
    Telecommunication
    Telecommunication
    $80,718
    $81k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $79,296
    $79k
    Retail
    Retail
    $78,553
    $79k
    Insurance
    Insurance
    $77,285
    $77k
    Technology
    Technology
    $74,181
    $74k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $71,053
    $71k

    Systems Programmer Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a systems programmer 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.

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    $49,594
    $49,594
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    $43,507
    $43,507
    09/27/2020
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    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    09/18/2020
    09/18/2020
    $35,000
    $35,000
    09/18/2020
    Univ-Systems Programmer/Developer III-Department of Biomedical Informatics Center
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    Charleston, SC
    Charleston, SC
    09/10/2020
    09/10/2020
    $49,594
    $49,594
    09/10/2020
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    Charleston, SC
    Charleston, SC
    08/29/2020
    08/29/2020
    $40,759
    $40,759
    08/29/2020
    SR Systems Programmer Linux and Windows Servers
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    Louisville, KY
    Louisville, KY
    08/28/2020
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    $58,436
    $58,436
    08/28/2020
    Dos-Application Systems Programmer III
    Dos-Application Systems Programmer III
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    08/27/2020
    08/27/2020
    $60,000
    $60,000
    08/27/2020
    Florida Department of Transportation
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    Dos-Application Systems Programmer III
    Dos-Application Systems Programmer III
    Dos-Application Systems Programmer III
    Tampa, FL
    Tampa, FL
    08/27/2020
    08/27/2020
    $60,000
    $60,000
    08/27/2020
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    Senior Z/OS Systems Programmer
    Senior Z/OS Systems Programmer
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    Columbus, OH
    Columbus, OH
    08/20/2020
    08/20/2020
    $85,817
    $85,817
    08/20/2020
    Systems Programmer 1455 (B)
    Systems Programmer 1455 (B)
    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    08/07/2020
    08/07/2020
    $128,098
    $128,098
    08/07/2020