Job growth rate between 2004 to 2014: 43%
A systems engineer builds a companys computer system and/or data center, and so must understand the overall needs of the enterprise. The systems they design often encompasses all or part of an enterprises inventory, employee communication, billing, and data storage requirements. Systems engineers must build these systems as cost effectively as possible, creating a secure system that allows for future updates.
The middle 50 percent earned between $63,150 and $98,220.
The highest 10 percent earned more than $118,350.
The lowest 10 percent earned less than $50,420.
The median annual salary: $79,740.
The industries that employed the most computer systems software engineer paid the following median salaries:
Scientific research and development: $91,390.
Computer equipment manufacturing: $87,800.
Software publishers: $83,670.
Computer systems design: $79,950.
Telecommunications carriers: $74,370.
Source of salary and job growth data: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2004.