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Senior Application Developer Salary (United States)

Slightly less than three-fifths of Senior Application Developers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $69K to $119K per year, and the average comes out to $91K per year. In the world of Senior Application Developers, overall income ranges from $69K near the bottom to $119K at the top; this can include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the individual firm. For the most part, Senior Application Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (83 percent) of Senior Application Developers who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Application Developer Salary (?
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$67,730 - $113,164
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MEDIAN: $90,576
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$28.59 - $61.06
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,730 - $113,164  
   
Bonus
$495.96 - $13,717  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $9,500  
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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$69,253 - $119,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 784
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.59 - $61.06  
   
Overtime
$15.75 - $55.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$495.96 - $13,717  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $9,500  
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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$69,253 - $119,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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

Senior Application Developers flock to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $109K lead the pack in compensation.
With a median salary of $100K, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. provides Senior Application Developers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $114K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Senior Application Developer

Senior Application Developers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Spring, Oracle, Java/J2EE, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include PHP, VB.Net, and HTML. Most people experienced in .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 $77K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $92K. Senior Application Developers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $98K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Senior Application Developers report making only $96K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$94,000
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With a pay rate for Senior Application Developers that is 20 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Application Developers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). Senior Application Developers in Columbus make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (18 percent less) and Philadelphia (15 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Application Developer Salaries

National Average
$94,000

Skills That Affect Senior Application Developer Salaries

Spring
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Java/J2EE
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ASP.NET
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SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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C#
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JavaScript
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Model-view-controller (MVC)
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National Average
$94,000
.NET
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HTML
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VB.Net
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
17%
female alumni
 
Male
83%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%