Senior Application Developer Salary

With slightly less than 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 per year and can range from $70K on the lower end to $123K per year near the higher end. In the world of Senior Application Developers, overall income ranges from $70K near the bottom to $123K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. There are far more male Senior Application Developers survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. Most Senior Application Developers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$68,088 - $116,804
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$68K
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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 (?
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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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Senior Application Developers who advance into the role of a Senior Software Architect are fairly uncommon. Senior Software Architects on average earn $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


Senior Application Developers fill the offices of leading firms United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Capital One Financial Corp, UnitedHealth Group, and Cigna Corporation. Aetna, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $120K. Senior Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) ($111K), Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) ($109K), and Capital One Financial Corp ($102K).

Workers at Cigna Corporation, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., and Capital One Financial Corp also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $93K, $100K, and $102K respectively.

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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include PHP and .NET. Most people experienced in .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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $80K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $93K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Application Developers make a median salary of $100K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $98K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $95,367

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For Senior Application Developers, New York provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Senior Application Developers will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+22 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. On the whole, employers pay 7 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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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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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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