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Senior Systems Analyst Salary (United States)

Senior Systems Analysts in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under two-thirds of Senior Systems Analysts. Salaries average out to around $82K per year and spread from $60K to $114K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Systems Analysts — which occasionally include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $60K to approximately $114K. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Systems Analysts greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Systems Analysts. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,165 - $105,739
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Senior Systems Analyst Salary (?
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$23.68 - $66.57
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National Salary Data

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$59,165 - $105,739  
   
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$0.00 - $12,578  
Profit Sharing
$996 - $10,110  
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$59,582 - $113,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,082
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$23.68 - $66.57  
   
Overtime
$23.67 - $70.99  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $12,578  
   
Profit Sharing
$996 - $10,110  
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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$59,582 - $113,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 250
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Job Description for Senior Systems Analyst

A senior systems analyst is a position in the field of information technology (IT). The senior analyst is responsible for the overall design, strategic planning, and support of the tactical aspects of the IT department's operations. The employee's duties involve a variety of computer systems administration and support responsibilities including analyzing, creating, documenting, testing, maintaining, troubleshooting, and otherwise supporting server hardware, network data storage, and operating systems (including Windows and Linux), peripherals, and software applications for the company. The analyst will create system changes and test new processes to ensure that all changes are effective and functional. As a senior member of the IT department, the analyst should have several years of experience and a solid understanding of the processes and technology used in the day-to-day duties of the job. A senior systems analyst should have excellent communication skills and a solid grasp of English, and should be able to communicate ideas clearly and constructively. Education requirements include a college education, with at least a bachelor's degree (either B.A. or B.S.) in computer science, information technology, or a related academic field. The senior systems analyst should be very familiar with SQL and MS Access, and should have a strong foundation of knowledge when it comes to the processes and technology used for systems analysis. As needed, the senior systems analyst should be prepared to handle any escalated requests for IT assistance from other company employees that may include server access, data migration, or operating system errors.
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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Senior Systems Analysts do not often transition into IT Senior Project Manager roles. The role averages $110K per year. An Information Technology Project Manager role is the most common promotion for Senior Systems Analysts moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $86K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Senior Systems Analysts is an Information Technology Manager position, where earnings are usually $76K.

Systems Analyst Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Analyst

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Accenture, United Healthcare Group, Fidelity Investments, and Xerox Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Senior Systems Analysts. 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 $99K, and Xerox Corporation, where Senior Systems Analysts annually earn $89K.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp at $72K, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) at $85K, and Accenture, where $86K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Senior Systems Analyst

Senior Systems Analysts seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, UNIX, Oracle, and .NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Access. Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent in SQL and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Analyst

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For Senior Systems Analysts, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $73K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $79K on average. Senior Systems Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $93K on average.

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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Systems Analysts, 21 percent higher than the national average. Senior Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+16 percent), Boston (+12 percent), Denver (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (9 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Analyst Salaries

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$84,000

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Analyst Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
27%
female alumni
 
Male
73%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%