Senior Application Developers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $93K per year on average but can range from $70K to $125K per year. In the world of Senior Application Developers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $16K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $70K and $125K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction for Senior Application Developers is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of Senior Application Developers are male. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$68,690 - $118,326
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Salary
$68,690 - $118,326  
   
Bonus
$1,019 - $15,149  
Profit Sharing
$514 - $16,216  
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$70,279 - $124,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 836
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$38.45 - $69.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$23.00  
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$0.07 - $74.90  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,019 - $15,149  
   
Profit Sharing
$514 - $16,216  
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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$70,279 - $124,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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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. Senior Application Developers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Lead Applications Developers or Applications Development Managers. The median paychecks in those roles 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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Senior Application Developers. Senior Application Developers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Aetna, Inc., where the average salary comes to $120K. United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), and Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Application Developers earning around $111K, $110K, or $108K at each firm, respectively.

Workers at First Data Corporation, UnitedHealth Group, and Cigna Corporation also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $83K, $89K, and $90K respectively.

Popular Skills for Senior Application Developer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Java, Cascading Style Sheets, and jQuery are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft SQL Server. 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $81K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $93K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $101K. Senior Application Developers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $100K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,675

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Home to some of the best pay for Senior Application Developers, Irvine offers exceptional salaries, 39 percent above the national average. Senior Application Developers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+36 percent), New York (+24 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Philadelphia (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Application Developer

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Senior Application Developer Salaries



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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