Senior Systems Analyst Salary

Senior Systems Analysts in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $83K per year on average but can range from $61K to $117K per year. Total cash compensation for Senior Systems Analysts runs from $61K to $117K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $13K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most Senior Systems Analysts survey respondents are men (73 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$61,101 - $109,234
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MEDIAN: $83,466
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$24.08 - $68.44
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MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,101 - $109,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,472  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $10,121  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$61,431 - $116,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,047
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$24.08 - $68.44  
   
Overtime
$23.20 - $72.26  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,472  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $10,121  
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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$61,431 - $116,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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Job Description for Senior Systems Analyst

Senior systems analysts are in charge of implementing and analyzing complex systems for their organizations, which includes planning development, testing, and deployment processes for various departments, and they report their progress to informational systems managers.

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Senior Systems Analyst Tasks

  • Analyze and route issues into the proper ticketing systems and update and close tickets in a timely manner.
  • Devise or modify procedures to solve problems considering computer equipment capacity and limitations.
  • Establish new users, manage access levels and reset passwords.
  • Conduct application testing and provide database management support.
  • Create and maintain documentation as necessary for operational and security audits.

Common Career Paths for Senior Systems Analyst


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There are some Senior Systems Analysts — though it's uncommon — that transition into IT Senior Project Managers, where earnings are an average $111K annually. However, it's more common for Senior Systems Analysts to move into roles as Information Technology Project Managers or Information Technology (IT) Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Analyst


Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Accenture, UST Global Inc, Fidelity Investments, and United Healthcare Group are top-notch employers for Senior Systems Analysts in this area. Qualcomm Inc pays the most with a median salary of $115K, though there is little variation overall ($89K to $141K). Other employers shelling out big bucks include Lockheed Martin Corp, T-Mobile, Inc., and United Healthcare Group, where Senior Systems Analysts typically earn around $113K, $104K, or $99K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at UST Global Inc ($71K), Cognizant ($72K), and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp ($74K).

Popular Skills for Senior Systems Analyst


Survey results imply that Senior Systems Analysts deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Business Analysis, Java, UNIX, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Microsoft Access, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $75K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $82K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $89K in this role. Senior Systems Analysts who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $95K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,908

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

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Systems Analysts, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Senior Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Philadelphia and 4 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Analyst Salaries



National Average
$86,000



Skills That Affect Senior Systems Analyst Salaries


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Oracle
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National Average
$86,000

Visual Basic (VB)
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 581 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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