Senior Systems Analyst Salary
Compared to the national salary average for Senior Systems Analysts, those in the same line of work who choose to work for Starbucks Corporation enjoy much larger paychecks — $125K on average versus $86K per year. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Lockheed Martin Corp, T-Mobile, Inc., and Qualcomm Inc, top-paying firms where Senior Systems Analysts rake in a whopping $116K, $104K, or $99K, respectively. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$62,851 - $114,763|
|Bonus||$713 - $14,887|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $10,113|
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|$63,209 - $121,388|
|Hourly Rate||$24.78 - $69.30|
|Overtime||$33.96 - $71.45|
|Bonus||$713 - $14,887|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $10,113|
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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.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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an IT Senior Project Manager. The average IT Senior Project Manager brings home $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 $3K lower and $11K lower, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Senior Systems Analyst
Survey takers working as Senior Systems Analysts report using a large range of professional skills. 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 proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in SQL. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Project Management and SQL.
Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Analyst
Pay by Experience for a Senior Systems Analyst has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Systems Analyst with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 306 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Systems Analyst with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 767 salaries. An experienced Senior Systems Analyst which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 872 salaries. A Senior Systems Analyst with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 370 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Systems Analysts, 18 percent above the national average. Senior Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Indianapolis. Employers pay around 7 percent less in St. Louis and 5 percent less in St. Paul, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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