Senior Application Developer Salary

With just under 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 $91K annually and can range from $69K on the lower end to $121K per year near the higher end. In the world of Senior Application Developers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $14K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $69K and $121K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though experience level and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The vast majority of Senior Application Developers (85 percent) survey respondents are men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$67,894 - $115,139
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$68K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $91,044
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$29.99 - $59.58
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$49
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$67,894 - $115,139  
   
Bonus
$969 - $14,268  
Profit Sharing
$817 - $10,161  
Total Pay (?
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$69,498 - $120,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,091
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Hourly Rate
$29.99 - $59.58  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $63.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$969 - $14,268  
   
Profit Sharing
$817 - $10,161  
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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$69,498 - $120,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Application Developers move into roles as Senior Software Architects, where pay is an average $121K per year. Senior Application Developers typically move into roles as Lead Applications Developers or Applications Development Managers, and those positions pay $9K more and $9K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Application Developer


Dominating the field, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Capital One Financial Corp, Aetna, Inc., and Cigna Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Senior Application Developers. Senior Application Developers in search of the best pay head to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), where the median salary rolls in at $110K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $126K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $83K.

Popular Skills for Senior Application Developer


Senior Application Developers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Spring, Java/J2EE, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include PHP and .NET. Most people familiar with .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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $79K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $93K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $99K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $98K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Senior Application Developers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). Columbus ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Tampa (13 percent less) and Philadelphia (8 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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Spring
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Java/J2EE
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HTML
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Model-view-controller (MVC)
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PL/SQL
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ASP.NET
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SQL
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C#
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JavaScript
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jQuery
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Microsoft SQL Server
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National Average
$95,000

.NET
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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 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
42%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%
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