Senior Application Developer Salary

With approximately three in five of Senior Application Developers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $71K to $126K per year and averages out to $94K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Application Developers bottoms out near $71K and approaches $126K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $16K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Men make up the vast majority of Senior Application Developers (85 percent) who took the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$68,822 - $118,633
$69K
$94K
$120K
MEDIAN: $93,627
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50%
90%

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$37.67 - $69.83
$38
$54
$70
MEDIAN: $53.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,822 - $118,633  
   
Bonus
$1,021 - $15,225  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $16,322  
Total Pay (?
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$70,545 - $125,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 740
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$37.67 - $69.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$23.00  
Overtime
$1.51 - $74.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,021 - $15,225  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $16,322  
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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$70,545 - $125,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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

  • 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.
  • Establish budgets and team performance benchmarks and ensure compliance with said guidelines.
  • Track, organize, and accurately document changes made to programming code.
  • Gather input from users and various departments to direct development and enhance final product.

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 UnitedHealth Group are leaders in the field that employ a large number 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. Other leaders in compensation levels are United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. at $111K, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) at $110K, and Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), where Senior Application Developers annually earn $108K.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Union Pacific Railroad ($80K), First Data Corporation ($85K), and UnitedHealth Group ($89K).

Popular Skills for Senior Application Developer


Senior Application Developers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Java, Java/J2EE, jQuery, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft SQL Server and HTML. The majority of those who know .NET also know Microsoft SQL Server and SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Application Developer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Application Developer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Application Developer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 131 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Application Developer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 323 salaries. An experienced Senior Application Developer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 370 salaries. A Senior Application Developer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 132 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,757

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Application Developers, Irvine offers exceptional salaries, 41 percent above the national average. Senior Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), Denver (+13 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (14 percent lower) and Philadelphia (10 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Senior Application Developer

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 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

▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$97,000

▼4%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Senior Application Developer Salaries

▲3%

▲3%

▲2%


C# Programming Language
▼0%

ASP.NET
▼0%

Oracle
▼0%

National Average
$97,000

SQL
▼1%


C#
▼2%

▼2%


▼3%


▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

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: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 7%