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Senior Systems Analyst Salary

Senior Systems Analysts in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below two-thirds of Senior Systems Analysts. Salaries average out to around $82K per year and spread from $60K to $114K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Systems Analysts approaches anywhere from $60K on the lower end to $114K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $13K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Senior Systems Analysts is high. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Senior Systems Analysts who answered the questionnnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$59,458 - $106,733
(Median)
$59K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,099
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$21.34 - $67.30
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$21
$40
$67
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,458 - $106,733  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,885  
Profit Sharing
$1,011 - $10,059  
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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$59,724 - $114,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,037
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.34 - $67.30  
   
Overtime
$24.20 - $69.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,885  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,011 - $10,059  
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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$59,724 - $114,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 236

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Systems Analysts move into roles as IT Senior Project Managers, where pay is an average $110K per year. As Senior Systems Analysts progress in their field, many go on to become Information Technology Project Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $86K per year. Another common career choice for Senior Systems Analysts is to move into an Information Technology Manager role. Typically, Information Technology Managers get paid $76K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Analyst


Accenture, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Fidelity Investments, United Healthcare Group, and UST Global Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Systems Analysts. Those at T-Mobile, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $104K. Other big spenders include United Healthcare Group, Fidelity Investments, and Starbucks Corporation, top-paying firms where Senior Systems Analysts see paychecks nearing $99K, $95K, or $92K.

Offering a median of only $69K, UST Global Inc pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $50K on the lower end and $88K on the higher end. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp ($72K), Cognizant ($72K), and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) ($85K).

Popular Skills for Senior Systems Analyst


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Access. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and SQL. Those familiar with Project Management tend to be well versed in SQL and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Analyst

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


For many Senior Systems Analysts, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $74K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $80K. Senior Systems Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $93K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Systems Analysts that is 24 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+7 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Philadelphia and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, 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 745 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
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%