Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for system analysts in the United States was $93,730 in May 2020. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $56,510 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $152,060 per year.
The top paying industry was the information industry, where the median annual wage was $96,430. This was followed by management of companies and enterprises ($96,170), computer systems design and related services ($96,040). finance and insurances ($94,040) and finally the government ($82,560).
Autonomy and Flexibility
Right from the get go, systems analysts should have high levels of autonomy and flexibility. Often, they are some of the most senior people in the IT department. They work for business when a lot of the people know little about computers, so they have control over the decisions they make regarding solving computer and software issues.
It is likely that their flexibility is less than their autonomy. As they tend to work for large organizations, they may find that they have to work set hours. Similarly, they are likely to find that they may have to work overtime to meet deadlines or when emergencies occur.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best state to be a systems analyst, based on average annual salary and number of jobs available, are:
- Rhode Island, where the average annual salary is $75,711
- New Jersey, where the average annual salary is $77,844
- District of Columbia, where the average annual salary is $80,301
- Washington, where the average annual salary is $73,615
- Virginia, where the average annual salary is $72,818
The worst states to be a systems analyst, according to Zippia, are Kansas, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
The Bureau of Labour Statistics concludes that 28% of system analysts in the United States were employed by the computer systems design and related services industry. A further 14% were employed by the finance and insurance industry, 9% by the management of companies and enterprises, 7% by the information industry and a final 6% by the government.
In general, system analysts will work in an office and they will often have to collaborate and coordinate with others. Systems analysts can work directly for an organization and tend to stay in the same office and team. Or, they can work as a contractor, where they will travel to different locations and work with different teams.