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Senior Application Developer Salary

Senior Application Developers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $70K to $120K per year, median earnings come to $91K annually. In the world of Senior Application Developers, overall income ranges from $70K near the bottom to $120K at the top; this can include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but experience level and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Men account for the majority of Senior Application Developers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Application Developers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$68,061 - $114,573
(Median)
$68K
$91K
$110K
MEDIAN: $91,118
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$29.52 - $60.28
(Median)
$30
$48
$60
MEDIAN: $48.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,061 - $114,573  
   
Bonus
$521 - $13,685  
Profit Sharing
$774 - $11,000  
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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$69,712 - $120,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 957
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.52 - $60.28  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.40  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$521 - $13,685  
   
Profit Sharing
$774 - $11,000  
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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$69,712 - $120,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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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Although it's unusual, some Senior Application Developers transition into jobs as Senior Software Engineers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $105K per year, though. 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 $9K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Application Developer


United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Capital One Financial Corp, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Aetna, Inc., and Cigna Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Application Developers. Senior Application Developers in search of the best pay head to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), where the median salary rolls in at $109K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $127K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $83K.

Popular Skills for Senior Application Developer


Survey takers working as Senior Application Developers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Java/J2EE, ASP.NET, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like VB.Net. Most people who know .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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $79K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $93K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $99K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $98K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Application Developers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Application Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Indianapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and Philadelphia (14 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Application Developer Salaries



National Average
$95,000



Skills That Affect Senior Application Developer Salaries

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Java/J2EE
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ASP.NET
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jQuery
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HTML
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PL/SQL
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Model-view-controller (MVC)
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JavaScript
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SQL
0%

C#
0%

Microsoft SQL Server
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National Average
$95,000

PHP
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.NET
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VB.Net
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%