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Senior Application Developer Salary (United States)

Senior Application Developers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just below three-fifths of Senior Application Developers. Pay fluctuates from $70K to $119K per year, but expected earnings average $91K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Application Developers — which occasionally include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $70K to approximately $119K. While career length and the individual firm impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Senior Application Developers (84 percent) are men. The majority of Senior Application Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Senior Application Developer Salary (?
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$68,500 - $112,349
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MEDIAN: $90,524
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Senior Application Developer Salary (?
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$25.92 - $61.88
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,500 - $112,349  
   
Bonus
$304.10 - $14,446  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $10,213  
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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$70,299 - $119,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 657
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.92 - $61.88  
   
Overtime
$1.67 - $50.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$304.10 - $14,446  
   
Profit Sharing
$993 - $10,213  
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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$70,299 - $119,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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.

Senior Application Developer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Application Developer

Survey respondents gave information on only two employers, and both places pay at almost the same level. Capital One Financial Corp offers around $103K on average, and United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. offers approximately $100K on average. United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $100K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $114K and scope of pay is rather limited. Capital One Financial Corp is yet another employer known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries.

Popular Skills for Senior Application Developer

Senior Application Developers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Oracle, Java, and Microsoft .NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include PHP, IBM DB2, and COBOL. Those proficient in .NET are, more often than not, 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.
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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $98K. Senior Application Developers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $97K. Senior Application Developers with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$94,000
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Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Senior Application Developers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+11 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Washington (+2 percent). Senior Application Developers often earn below-average salaries when they head to the heartland. Specifically, Columbus, Omaha, and Indianapolis represent the three worst-paying cities for Senior Application Developers in the United States. Employers in Omaha and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Application Developer Salaries

National Average
$94,000

Skills That Affect Senior Application Developer Salaries

Java/J2EE
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ASP.NET
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Microsoft .NET
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PL/SQL
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SQL
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National Average
$94,000
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.NET
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IBM DB2
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COBOL
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%