Senior Application Developer Salary

Senior Application Developers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $91K per year, but may range from $70K to $121K per year. 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 $70K and $121K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career length and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. For the most part, Senior Application Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Senior Application Developers survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$67,883 - $115,142
(Median)
$68K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,993
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$29.92 - $59.68
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$30
$49
$60
MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,883 - $115,142  
   
Bonus
$966 - $13,910  
Profit Sharing
$811 - $10,186  
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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$69,531 - $120,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,081
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$29.92 - $59.68  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$966 - $13,910  
   
Profit Sharing
$811 - $10,186  
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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$69,531 - $120,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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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Senior Application Developers do not often transition into Senior Software Architect roles. The role averages $121K per year. The most common next step for a Senior Application Developer is to become a Lead Applications Developer or an Applications Development Manager. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Application Developer


Senior Application Developers flock to United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Capital One Financial Corp, Aetna, Inc., and Cigna Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. 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 report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Spring, Java/J2EE, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include PHP. 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $79K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $93K. For Senior Application Developers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $99K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $97K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Application Developers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Application Developers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers in Tampa and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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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
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Java/J2EE
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HTML
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ASP.NET
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Model-view-controller (MVC)
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PL/SQL
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jQuery
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SQL
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C#
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JavaScript
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Microsoft SQL Server
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National Average
$94,000

.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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%
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