Senior Application Developers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $93K annually on average but can range from $70K to $125K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K each, total incomes of Senior Application Developers generally range from $70K to $125K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Senior Application Developers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. For the most part, Senior Application Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$68,497 - $118,389
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$68K
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MEDIAN: $93,225
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$34.94 - $68.90
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MEDIAN: $52.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,497 - $118,389  
   
Bonus
$1,015 - $14,945  
Profit Sharing
$760 - $15,636  
Total Pay (?
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$69,834 - $125,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 904
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$34.94 - $68.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$23.00  
Overtime
$0.14 - $74.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,015 - $14,945  
   
Profit Sharing
$760 - $15,636  
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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$69,834 - $125,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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 Senior Application Developers do not often become Senior Software Architects, the job pays $123K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Senior Application Developer often leads to becoming a Lead Applications Developer or an Applications Development Manager; median salaries in these positions are $7K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Application Developer


J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Capital One Financial Corp, Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., and Cigna Corporation are top-notch employers for Senior Application Developers in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Aetna, Inc. offers the most; Senior Application Developers earn $120K on average there. Senior Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) ($110K), United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. ($108K), and Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) ($108K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Cigna Corporation at $88K, UnitedHealth Group at $89K, and Highmark, Inc., where $98K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Senior Application Developer


Senior Application Developers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Java/J2EE, Java, and jQuery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include .NET and Microsoft SQL Server. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed in 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $81K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $93K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $102K. 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 $99K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,555

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For those looking to make money, Senior Application Developers in Irvine enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Senior Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+37 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Charlotte (+10 percent). In Philadelphia, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and St. Louis (12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Application Developer Salaries



National Average
$97,000



Skills That Affect Senior Application Developer Salaries

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Java
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jQuery
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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ASP.NET Framework
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Model-view-controller (MVC)
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ASP.NET
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National Average
$97,000

C#
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C# Programming Language
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SQL
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JavaScript
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HTML
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.NET
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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