Senior Application Developer Salary

With just below three-fifths of Senior Application Developers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Application Developers is $92K annually and can range from $70K on the lower end to $123K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Senior Application Developers bottoms out near $70K and approaches $123K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. There are far more male Senior Application Developers survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$68,088 - $116,804
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$68K
$92K
$120K
MEDIAN: $91,752
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$30.46 - $64.81
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MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,088 - $116,804  
   
Bonus
$970 - $14,681  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $12,040  
Commission
$15,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$69,590 - $122,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,315
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$30.46 - $64.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$970 - $14,681  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $12,040  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$69,590 - $122,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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Job Description for Senior Application Developer

Senior application developers works with a number of programming languages and codes to provide innovative and diverse content on the Internet and mobile device; they may produce mobile apps, downloadable pieces of software available for mobile phones such as iPhone and Android. These developers code and check software applications to make sure it is in line with supervisors' specifications, as well as coordinate and oversee the work of subordinate developers. Since this industry is still growing and the mobile application sector is so young, a great deal of creativity, diversity, and innovation is possible.

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Senior Application Developer Tasks

  • Track, organize, and accurately document changes made to programming code.
  • Gather input from users and various departments to direct development and enhance final product.
  • Establish budgets and team performance benchmarks and ensure compliance with said guidelines.
  • Utilize structured programming techniques to deliver a high-quality product.
  • Lead evaluation and analysis of data related to application development in order improve performance of future versions.

Common Career Paths for Senior Application Developer


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While not commonly seen, Senior Application Developers who transition into a Senior Software Architect position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Software Architects is $122K per year. Lead Applications Developers or Applications Development Managers are common next-step roles for Senior Application Developers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Lead Applications Developers is $8K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Applications Development Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Application Developer


United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Capital One Financial Corp, UnitedHealth Group, and Cigna Corporation are top-notch employers for Senior Application Developers in this area. Aetna, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $120K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), and Capital One Financial Corp, where Senior Application Developers typically earn around $111K, $109K, or $102K, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cigna Corporation ($93K), United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. ($100K), and Capital One Financial Corp ($102K).

Popular Skills for Senior Application Developer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Oracle, Java, and ASP.NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include PHP and .NET. The majority of those who know .NET also know Microsoft SQL Server and SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Application Developer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $80K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $93K. Senior Application Developers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $100K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $98K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $95,367

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For Senior Application Developers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Irvine (+22 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Columbus is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Application Developer Salaries



National Average
$95,000



Skills That Affect Senior Application Developer Salaries


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ASP.NET
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C#
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jQuery
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National Average
$95,000

SQL
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JavaScript
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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