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Senior Systems Analyst Salary

Just below two-thirds of Senior Systems Analysts in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $60K to $115K per year, but median earnings come to around $82K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Systems Analysts approaches anywhere from $60K on the lower end to $115K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $13K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Systems Analysts greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$59,793 - $106,942
(Median)
$60K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,236
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$21.29 - $67.35
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$21
$40
$67
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$59,793 - $106,942  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,011  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $10,067  
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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$60,163 - $114,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,022
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Hourly Rate
$21.29 - $67.35  
   
Overtime
$24.04 - $69.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $10,067  
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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$60,163 - $114,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 235

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Systems Analysts move into roles as IT Senior Project Managers, where pay is an average $110K per year. Becoming an Information Technology Project Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Senior Systems Analysts move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $86K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Systems Analysts to assume an Information Technology Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $76K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Analyst


Senior Systems Analysts fill the offices of leading firms Accenture, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Fidelity Investments, United Healthcare Group, and UST Global Inc. Those at T-Mobile, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $104K. Also paying near the top of the field are United Healthcare Group at $99K, Fidelity Investments at $95K, and Starbucks Corporation, where Senior Systems Analysts annually earn $92K.

While select UST Global Inc employees may bring in up to $88K, a median salary of only $69K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. Cognizant, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $72K, $72K, and $74K.

Popular Skills for Senior Systems Analyst


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Business Analysis, Java, Oracle, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Access. Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know SQL. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Project Management and 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. The average inexperienced worker earns $74K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $80K. Senior Systems Analysts bring in $87K after working for 10 to 20 years. Senior Systems Analysts who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $93K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Systems Analysts, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Employers in Philadelphia and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Analyst Salaries



National Average
$84,000



Skills That Affect Senior Systems Analyst Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 712 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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