Senior Systems Analyst Salary
Though nationally Senior Systems Analysts make an average $86K annually, those in this field can find the most generous pay at Starbucks Corporation, where the average salary is around $125K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Lockheed Martin Corp at $116K, T-Mobile, Inc. at $104K, and Qualcomm Inc, where Senior Systems Analysts annually earn $99K. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$62,536 - $114,364|
|Bonus||$773 - $15,061|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $9,839|
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|$63,114 - $121,208|
|Hourly Rate||$25.06 - $69.50|
|Overtime||$35.78 - $71.81|
|Bonus||$773 - $15,061|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $9,839|
|Total Pay (||$63,114 - $121,208|
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
- Conduct application testing and provide database management support.
- Create and maintain documentation as necessary for operational and security audits.
- Establish new users, manage access levels and reset passwords.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Systems Analysts who transition into an IT Senior Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $112K per year. Senior Systems Analysts most often advance into Information Technology Project Manager and Information Technology Manager positions even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $10K lower, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Systems Analysts report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, Oracle, UNIX, and .NET are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Access, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know SQL. Skill sets containing Microsoft Office also tend to include 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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $76K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $84K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $91K. Senior Systems Analysts who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $96K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Senior Systems Analysts in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Senior Systems Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Indianapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and St. Paul (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).
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