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Senior Application Developer Salary

Senior Application Developers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $91K per year on average but can range from $69K to $121K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Application Developers — including $14K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $69K to $121K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. There are far more male Senior Application Developers survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$67,836 - $114,892
(Median)
$68K
$91K
$110K
MEDIAN: $90,927
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$29.86 - $59.74
(Median)
$30
$49
$60
MEDIAN: $48.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,836 - $114,892  
   
Bonus
$817 - $13,730  
Profit Sharing
$789 - $10,256  
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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$69,464 - $120,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,006
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.86 - $59.74  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.40  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$817 - $13,730  
   
Profit Sharing
$789 - $10,256  
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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$69,464 - $120,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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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Although it's unusual, some Senior Application Developers transition into jobs as Senior Software Engineers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $105K per year, though. The most common next step for a Senior Application Developer is to become a Lead Applications Developer or an Applications Development Manager. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

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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, Aetna, Inc., and Cigna Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Senior Application Developers. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) pays the most with a median salary of $110K, though there is little variation overall ($83K to $126K).

Popular Skills for Senior Application Developer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Spring, Oracle, Java/J2EE, and ASP.NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include PHP. Most people 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $79K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $93K. Senior Application Developers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $99K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Application Developers that is 22 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Application Developers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Tampa and Columbus are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Application Developer Salaries



National Average
$94,000



Skills That Affect Senior Application Developer Salaries

Spring
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Java/J2EE
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jQuery
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PL/SQL
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Model-view-controller (MVC)
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JavaScript
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SQL
0%

C#
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Microsoft SQL Server
0%

National Average
$94,000

.NET
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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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