Senior Systems Analyst Salary

Senior Systems Analysts in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $83K annually on average but can range from $61K to $117K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $13K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Systems Analysts can bottom out near $61K or peak near $117K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Senior Systems Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Senior Systems Analysts who answered the questionnnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$61,101 - $109,234
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MEDIAN: $83,466
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$24.08 - $68.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$61,101 - $109,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,472  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $10,121  
Commission
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$61,431 - $116,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,047
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$24.08 - $68.44  
   
Overtime
$23.20 - $72.26  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,472  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $10,121  
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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$61,431 - $116,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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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.

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While Senior Systems Analysts do not often become IT Senior Project Managers, the job pays $111K per year on average. More commonly, Senior Systems Analysts become Information Technology Project Managers or Information Technology Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Analyst


Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Accenture, UST Global Inc, Fidelity Investments, and United Healthcare Group are all popular places to work. Pay for Senior Systems Analysts is best at Qualcomm Inc, which offers a median salary of $115K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $89K to $141K. Senior Systems Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks at Lockheed Martin Corp ($113K), T-Mobile, Inc. ($104K), and United Healthcare Group ($99K).

UST Global Inc, Cognizant, and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $71K, $72K, and $74K-paychecks on average.

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, UNIX, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Microsoft Access, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Analyst

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Systems Analysts — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $75K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $82K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $89K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $95K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,908

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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Systems Analysts, 29 percent higher than the national average. Senior Systems Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 10 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (6 percent lower) and Dallas (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Analyst Salaries



National Average
$86,000



Skills That Affect Senior Systems Analyst Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 581 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
41%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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