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System engineer salary in United States

How much does a System Engineer make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $106,926
Low $66,963
High $170,738
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a system engineer is $106,926 per year in the United States. 11.4k salaries reported, updated at November 25, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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6 to 9 years
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Top companies for System Engineers in United States

  1. Qualcomm
    1,687 reviews7 salaries reported
    $161,550per year
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Highest paying cities for System Engineers near United States

  1. Reston, VA
    $130,362 per year
    24 salaries reported
  2. Washington, DC
    $120,612 per year
    171 salaries reported
  3. Colorado Springs, CO
    $114,013 per year
    281 salaries reported
  1. San Diego, CA
    $110,990 per year
    252 salaries reported
  2. Huntsville, AL
    $107,220 per year
    231 salaries reported
  3. New York, NY
    $106,849 per year
    209 salaries reported
  1. Houston, TX
    $103,276 per year
    133 salaries reported
  2. Baltimore, MD
    $100,955 per year
    46 salaries reported
  3. Atlanta, GA
    $98,543 per year
    71 salaries reported
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Where can a System Engineer earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for System Engineers

Most recommended certification


(earn +12.81% more)

The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 7.32% since 2018. System Engineers with this certification earn +12.81% more than the average base salary, which is $106,926 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
2012219increase by 219
2013778increase by 255.25%
20141574increase by 102.31%
2015730decrease by 53.62%
2016884increase by 21.10%
2017635decrease by 28.17%
2018574decrease by 9.61%
2019616increase by 7.32%

Top companies hiring System Engineers with the recommended certification

Palo Alto Networks
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Top skills
System Architecture
Top fields of study
Engineering Degree

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
150 jobs401
72 jobs107
56 jobs102
61 jobs115
781 jobs1,609
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Most common benefits for System Engineers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • On-site gym
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Pet insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 851 ratings

62% of System Engineers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?


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Average $100,654 per year

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Common questions about salaries for a System Engineer

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