Senior Application Developer Salary (United States)

The majority of Senior Application Developers in the United States—just under three-fifths—boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $70,299 to $119,080 per year and typically amount to $93,599 annually. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. Male Senior Application Developers far outnumber their female counterparys in the field. Job satisfaction for Senior Application Developers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Application Developer

Survey takers reported data on just two employers and both offer similar salaries. At Capital One Financial Corp, workers typically make around $102,893 while United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. offers annual pay of about $100,152. The lowest salaries can be found at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc.—median pay is $100,152—and there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $100K and only reaching $114K.

Popular Skills for Senior Application Developer

Senior Application Developers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 educated in .NET tend to be well-versed 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 $80K; however, pay rises to approximately $100K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $100K. After two decades on the job, Senior Application Developers' pay actually begins to decline, averaging $100K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Senior Application Developers report having spent one to 10 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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$94,000
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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Application Developers, 15 percent above the national average. Houston, Dallas, Chicago, and Washington also offer top salaries for Senior Application Developers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 11 percent, 8 percent, 5 percent, and 2 percent more, respectively. 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. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Omaha (-19 percent) and Indianapolis (-18 percent).

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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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JavaScript
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$94,000
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IBM DB2
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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