Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts

Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
495,800 1.0 % $39.06 $81,250 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.25 $29.35 $37.38 $46.79 $57.24
Annual Wage (2) $48,360 $61,050 $77,740 $97,320 $119,070


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 135,020 9.38 $41.47 $86,260
Management of Companies and Enterprises 38,860 2.04 $38.32 $79,710
Insurance Carriers 32,490 2.73 $37.36 $77,710
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 18,660 7.78 $38.75 $80,600
State Government (OES Designation) 18,580 0.81 $32.53 $67,670

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 135,020 9.38 $41.47 $86,260
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 18,660 7.78 $38.75 $80,600
Software Publishers 8,330 3.28 $39.37 $81,890
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 18,470 3.06 $44.44 $92,440
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 4,640 2.95 $44.96 $93,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 330 0.13 $64.23 $133,590
Oil and Gas Extraction 910 0.59 $52.06 $108,290
Satellite Telecommunications 40 0.33 $46.05 $95,780
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media (8) (8) $45.28 $94,190
Residential Building Construction 70 0.01 $45.16 $93,930


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 55,060 3.93 1.01 $40.76 $84,790
Texas 44,850 4.45 1.14 $39.16 $81,460
Virginia 32,740 9.28 2.38 $44.85 $93,290
New York 31,640 3.79 0.97 $40.28 $83,780
New Jersey 24,470 6.49 1.66 $43.38 $90,240




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 32,740 9.28 2.38 $44.85 $93,290
Delaware 2,850 7.17 1.84 $38.48 $80,040
New Jersey 24,470 6.49 1.66 $43.38 $90,240
Georgia 21,860 5.84 1.50 $39.05 $81,230
Maryland 13,360 5.43 1.39 $42.53 $88,460




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 32,740 9.28 2.38 $44.85 $93,290
New Jersey 24,470 6.49 1.66 $43.38 $90,240
Massachusetts 15,090 4.84 1.24 $42.65 $88,710
Maryland 13,360 5.43 1.39 $42.53 $88,460
Arizona 8,890 3.76 0.96 $42.21 $87,790

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 28,420 12.41 3.18 $46.66 $97,060
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 23,360 4.69 1.20 $43.24 $89,930
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 18,600 8.45 2.17 $40.47 $84,180
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 14,420 7.20 1.85 $39.60 $82,380
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 12,590 3.55 0.91 $36.34 $75,600
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 11,930 4.78 1.23 $41.38 $86,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 11,380 2.98 0.76 $40.77 $84,810
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 11,320 6.75 1.73 $37.01 $76,980
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 11,080 6.69 1.71 $43.28 $90,020
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 9,510 7.06 1.81 $42.71 $88,840




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 28,420 12.41 3.18 $46.66 $97,060
Huntsville, AL 2,490 12.30 3.15 $39.51 $82,170
Austin-Round Rock, TX 8,430 11.10 2.85 $38.80 $80,700
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 5,500 9.97 2.56 $44.74 $93,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,160 9.52 2.44 $46.26 $96,230
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 7,720 9.41 2.41 $36.47 $75,860
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 8,980 9.33 2.39 $43.50 $90,470
Springfield, IL 970 9.18 2.35 $38.29 $79,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 18,600 8.45 2.17 $40.47 $84,180
Durham, NC 2,170 8.12 2.08 $39.31 $81,770




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,630 4.03 1.03 $48.51 $100,900
Las Cruces, NM 110 1.75 0.45 $47.55 $98,900
Jacksonville, NC (8) (8) (8) $47.34 $98,460
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 28,420 12.41 3.18 $46.66 $97,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,160 9.52 2.44 $46.26 $96,230
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 900 7.90 2.03 $46.00 $95,680
Boulder, CO 940 6.18 1.58 $45.68 $95,010
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 5,950 6.24 1.60 $45.60 $94,850
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 890 3.68 0.94 $45.38 $94,390
Sherman-Denison, TX 40 0.93 0.24 $44.76 $93,100

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 590 3.91 1.00 $25.83 $53,720
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 430 9.05 2.32 $47.90 $99,630
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 410 1.40 0.36 $32.73 $68,070
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 390 2.05 0.53 $29.12 $60,580
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 390 3.34 0.86 $30.81 $64,080

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 430 9.05 2.32 $47.90 $99,630
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 590 3.91 1.00 $25.83 $53,720
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 80 3.65 0.94 $33.05 $68,730
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 140 3.55 0.91 $35.03 $72,850
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 390 3.34 0.86 $30.81 $64,080

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 0.97 0.25 $52.88 $109,990
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 430 9.05 2.32 $47.90 $99,630
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $43.69 $90,880
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.65 0.17 $42.52 $88,430
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.68 0.18 $41.41 $86,140


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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