Senior Application Developer Salary

Senior Application Developers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $69K to $121K per year, median earnings come to $91K 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. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. The vast majority of Senior Application Developers (85 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction for Senior Application Developers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$67,865 - $115,155

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$30.05 - $59.49

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,865 - $115,155  
   
Bonus
$971 - $14,008  
Profit Sharing
$824 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
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$69,402 - $120,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$30.05 - $59.49  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $63.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$971 - $14,008  
   
Profit Sharing
$824 - $10,137  
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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$69,402 - $120,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Senior Application Developers sometimes become Senior Software Architects, where the average income is $121K per year. Senior Application Developers most often move into positions as Lead Applications Developers or Applications Development Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $9K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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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. With a median salary of $110K, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) offers Senior Application Developers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $83K and are capped at $126K.

Popular Skills for Senior Application Developer


Senior Application Developers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Spring, Oracle, Java/J2EE, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like PHP and .NET. It is often found that people who know .NET are also skilled 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $79K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $93K. On average, Senior Application Developers make $99K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Senior Application Developers report making only $98K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Application Developers, 21 percent higher than the national average. Senior Application Developers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Tampa (13 percent lower) and Philadelphia (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Application Developer Salaries



National Average
$94,000



Skills That Affect Senior Application Developer Salaries

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Spring
up arrow 8%

Java/J2EE
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HTML
up arrow 2%

ASP.NET
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jQuery
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 1%

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

Model-view-controller (MVC)
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Microsoft SQL Server
0%

PL/SQL
0%

National Average
$94,000

.NET
up arrow 4%

PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 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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