Senior Systems Analyst Salary
The national average salary for Senior Systems Analysts is $86K annually; Starbucks Corporation pays the most in this field, though, offering a median salary of $123K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Lockheed Martin Corp, T-Mobile, Inc., and Qualcomm Inc, where earnings of $116K, $104K, or $99K are standard for Senior Systems Analysts. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
Strong organizational skills and the ability to multitask on separate projects are important for senior systems analysts, and their main responsibilities often focus on software design, programming, and application maintenance. They also develop efficient budgets, troubleshoot problems, manage risks, and schedule deadlines for technical deliveries. They generally use a personal computer to troubleshoot, modify, and maintain specific program codes and work in an office environment during weekly business hours.
Those in this position must be able to forecast specific business results and create solutions which will increase efficiency within their own companies. Aspiring senior systems analysts should be familiar with a variety of programming languages to create effective scripts which decrease workloads. They should work well in team settings, but also on their own with minimal supervision; they may also take charge in managing specific projects on occasion and supervise junior employees to ensure that analyses are completed correctly and in a timely manner. They must always follow strict privacy and safety protocols to ensure their software complies with legal regulations, and strong communication skills are also important to work well with clients and vendors and create effective business relationships.
A bachelor's degree in a field related to system analysis, computer science, information technology, or software development is generally required for this position, and prior work experience as an analyst is highly beneficial. Information certifications are also helpful.
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
As Senior Systems Analysts transition into upper-level roles such as IT Senior Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. IT Senior Project Managers earn $112K on average per year. Senior Systems Analysts most frequently become Information Technology Project Managers and Information Technology Managers even though median compensation is $2K lower and $11K lower, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Senior Systems Analyst
Survey results imply that Senior Systems Analysts deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, Java, UNIX, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Access, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people experienced in 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.
Senior Systems Analysts with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $76K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $85K. For Senior Systems Analysts, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $91K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $96K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Senior Systems Analysts, Houston provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Senior Systems Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+15 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and New York (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Indianapolis. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (6 percent lower) and St. Paul (5 percent lower).
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