Senior Systems Analyst Salary

Senior Systems Analysts in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $82K per year, but may range from $60K to $115K per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Systems Analysts range from $60K on the low end to $115K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $13K and $10K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most Senior Systems Analysts survey respondents are men (74 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$59,941 - $107,059
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MEDIAN: $82,349
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$22.19 - $67.88
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$59,941 - $107,059  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,901  
Profit Sharing
$996 - $10,113  
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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$60,269 - $114,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,979
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Hourly Rate
$22.19 - $67.88  
   
Overtime
$24.28 - $69.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,901  
   
Profit Sharing
$996 - $10,113  
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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$60,269 - $114,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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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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It's not very common for Senior Systems Analysts to move on to become IT Senior Project Managers. Average pay for an IT Senior Project Manager is $111K annually. Going from Senior Systems Analyst to Information Technology Project Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $86K. Many others choose to work as Information Technology Managers, where pay is typically $76K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Analyst


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Systems Analysts, Accenture, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Fidelity Investments, United Healthcare Group, and UST Global Inc are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, T-Mobile, Inc. offers the most; Senior Systems Analysts earn $104K on average there. Senior Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries at United Healthcare Group (+$99K), Fidelity Investments (+$96K), and Starbucks Corporation (+$92K).

Offering a median of only $69K, UST Global Inc pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $51K on the lower end and $90K on the higher end. Employees at Cognizant, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) can also expect below-average earnings of $72K, $73K, and $74K.

Popular Skills for Senior Systems Analyst


Senior Systems Analysts report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Business Analysis, Java, Oracle, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Microsoft Access, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those familiar with Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in Project Management and SQL. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Analyst

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


For Senior Systems Analysts, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $74K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $80K. Senior Systems Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $88K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $93K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Systems Analysts, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Senior Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Denver (+10 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Philadelphia and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Analyst Salaries



National Average
$85,000



Skills That Affect Senior Systems Analyst Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 653 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 8%
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