Computer systems analysts
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Overview
Computer systems analysts, sometimes called systems architects, study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures, and design solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for computer systems analysts are expected to grow by 9%, and should have about 45,200 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Computer systems analysts are less likely to be automated than 91% of other careers.
Workforce size
Computer systems analysts, with 600,500 workers, form a larger workforce than 93% of careers.
Education
About 74% of computer systems analysts have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by computer systems analysts
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More computer systems analysts have bachelor's degrees than 83% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for computer systems analysts is higher than 89% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most computer systems analysts.
This job's median $89KAll jobs' median $39K$89K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 38% of computer systems analysts -- that's a larger percentage than 53% of other jobs.
Gender of computer systems analysts
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For computer systems analysts, the median men's salary was 14% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 31% of computer systems analysts are minority, and 23% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of computer systems analysts
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (23%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Computer Systems Analysts per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 56% of computer systems analysts, and 76% have company-sponsored health insurance (14% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for computer systems analysts
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 74% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of computer systems analysts who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (63%)
  • Consequence of Error (54%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (37%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (37%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do computer systems analysts earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for computer systems analysts, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for computer systems analysts compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for computer systems analysts (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all computer systems analysts, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for computer systems analysts compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for computer systems analysts (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where computer systems analysts work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Computer systems analysts (ACS)
Private for-profit (78.1%)
Private not-for-profit (7.6%)
Local government (2.5%)
State government (3.4%)
Federal government (4.1%)
Self-employed incorporated (2.5%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.7%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of computer systems analysts by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$75K$76K$72K$65K$95K$56K$85K$71K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of computer systems analysts by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$89K$95K$82K$90K$77K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for computer systems analysts

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Computer systems analysts and gender

With 38% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 53% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
38%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Computer systems analysts
Men (62%)
Women (38%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for computer systems analysts, with the median salary for men 14% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Computer systems analysts have one of the middle percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job higher than that for 40% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of computer systems analysts

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority computer systems analysts than for 91% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of computer systems analysts
White (68% )
Asian (19% )
Black (8% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (0% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
23%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for computer systems analysts by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$52K$61K$65K$72K$73K$75K$80K$83K$0$50K$100K$150KAmerican IndianOtherBlackMultiracialHispanicWhitePacific IslanderAsian
Distribution: Salaries for computer systems analysts by nativity
$74K$82K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by computer systems analysts

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), computer systems analysts typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as computer systems analysts as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for computer systems analysts.

Education attained by computer systems analysts
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for computer systems analysts

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so that they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for computer systems analysts? Below we see the distribution of computer systems analysts salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as computer systems analysts, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$59K$61K$68K$67K$75K$88K$81K$101K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (1%)High School (4%)Some College (13%)Associate's Degree (8%)Bachelor's Degree (49%)Master's Degree (22%)Professional Deg/Doct (1%)Doctorate (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by computer systems analysts

This table shows the college majors held by people working as computer systems analysts. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Computer systems analysts with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
10.9%
$0$200K$87K
5.4%
$0$200K$63K
4.7%
$0$200K$73K
4.6%
$0$200K$72K
3.6%
$0$200K$97K
3.3%
$0$200K$73K
3.2%
$0$200K$67K
2.5%
$0$200K$53K
2.3%
$0$200K$92K
2.1%
$0$200K$80K
2.0%
$0$200K$60K
1.9%
$0$200K$63K
1.8%
$0$200K$89K
1.7%
$0$200K$56K
1.4%
$0$200K$78K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as computer systems analysts, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by computer systems analysts given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Applications and systems software developersComputer programmersManagers (specialized areas)Computer and information systems managersComputer occupations (specialized areas)Computer systems analystsComputer support specialistsManagement analystsNetwork and computer systems administratorsChief executives and legislatorsAccountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersRetail salespersonsElementary and middle school teachersLawyers, judges, and magistratesPersonal financial advisorsPostsecondary teachersFinancial analystsSecurities, commodities, and financial services sales agentsCredit counselors and loan officersElectrical and electronics engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Architectural and engineering managersCivil engineersSecondary school teachersActuariesBookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerksFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsPhysicians and surgeonsEducation administratorsComputer ScienceBusiness Management andAdministrationGeneral BusinessEconomicsGeneral Computer andInformation SystemsFinanceElectrical EngineeringMathematicsAccountingPsychologyAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for computer systems analysts

What jobs will most computer systems analysts hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of computer systems analysts reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Computer systems analystsApplications and systems software developersComputer occupations (specialized areas)Computer support specialistsManagement analystsManagers (specialized areas)Computer and information systems managersComputer programmersNetwork and computer systems administratorsOperations research analystsFinancial analystsMathematicians and statisticiansChief executives and legislatorsComputer, automated teller, and office machine repairersDatabase administrators
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for computer systems analysts

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 11 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as computer systems analysts as well as 1% of respondents after working as computer systems analysts. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for computer systems analysts
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Applications and systems software developers
118,900
$0$200K$96K
Management analysts
87,200
$0$200K$76K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Computer support specialists
72,300
$0$200K$54K
Computer and information systems managers
32,500
$0$200K$99K
Financial analysts
29,200
$0$200K$76K
Network and computer systems administrators
27,000
$0$200K$71K
Computer occupations (specialized areas)
22,500
$0$200K$68K
Computer programmers
15,700
$0$200K$82K
Operations research analysts
10,700
$0$200K$78K
Database administrators
9,300
$0$200K$78K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for computer systems analysts: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as computer systems analysts? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of computer systems analysts surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for computer systems analysts
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Accountants and auditors
143,000
$0$200K$60K
1.2%
Applications and systems software developers
118,900
$0$200K$96K
6.1%
Business operations specialists
104,900
$0$200K
1.3%
Management analysts
87,200
$0$200K$76K
4.4%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
3.6%
Computer support specialists
72,300
$0$200K$54K
4.6%
Computer systems analysts
45,200
$0$200K$75K
22.5%
Computer and information systems managers
32,500
$0$200K$99K
2.6%
Financial analysts
29,200
$0$200K$76K
2.1%
Network and computer systems administrators
27,000
$0$200K$71K
1.9%
Computer occupations (specialized areas)
22,500
$0$200K$68K
5.8%
Computer programmers
15,700
$0$200K$82K
2.8%
Operations research analysts
10,700
$0$200K$78K
3.0%
Database administrators
9,300
$0$200K$78K
1.1%
No occupation
6.1%
Read about computer systems analysts
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Most computer systems analysts specialize in computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or with engineering computer systems. Computer systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques, such as data modeling, to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view processes and data flows. Analysts conduct indepth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory, storage, and computing power the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who also plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do indepth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design. Testing and diagnosis are done in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. QA analysts also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine the business needs that the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of computer systems analysts? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also figure out how changes may affect the project.
Communication skills
Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.
Creativity
Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for computer systems analysts
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for computer systems analysts was higher than 89% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $89KAll jobs' median $39K$89K$39K201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K
Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for computer systems analysts are anticipated to grow by 9% over the next decade, which is faster growth than is predicted for 57% of other jobs.

The projected employment for computer systems analysts is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most computer systems analysts? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as computer systems analysts. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Computer Systems Analysts per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where computer systems analysts earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for computer systems analysts compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for computer systems analysts.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Computer Systems Analysts to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which computer systems analysts earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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