Senior Systems Analyst Salary

Senior Systems Analysts in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $82K per year on average but can range from $60K to $115K 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 $60K or peak near $115K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Senior Systems Analysts who answered the questionnnaire. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$59,877 - $107,019
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MEDIAN: $82,311
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$21.39 - $67.34
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MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$59,877 - $107,019  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,070  
Profit Sharing
$998 - $10,119  
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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$60,223 - $114,822  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,981
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Hourly Rate
$21.39 - $67.34  
   
Overtime
$24.13 - $69.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,070  
   
Profit Sharing
$998 - $10,119  
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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$60,223 - $114,822  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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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.

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. The most common promotion for Senior Systems Analysts is Information Technology Project Manager, a position that typically pays $86K annually. Another standard transition for Senior Systems Analysts seeking advancement is to assume an Information Technology Manager role, where pay is often $76K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Analyst


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Systems Analysts, Accenture, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Fidelity Investments, United Healthcare Group, and UST Global Inc are leading firms in the industry. Senior Systems Analysts flock to T-Mobile, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $104K lead the pack in compensation. Other big spenders include United Healthcare Group, Fidelity Investments, and Starbucks Corporation, top-paying firms where Senior Systems Analysts see paychecks nearing $99K, $96K, or $92K.

The pay scale is far from balanced at UST Global Inc. While salaries on one end can reach $90K, the company's median pay sits at $69K, the lowest in the field. Cognizant, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $72K, $73K, and $74K.

Popular Skills for Senior Systems Analyst


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Business Analysis, Java, Oracle, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Microsoft Access, and Windows Operating System General Use. People who know Microsoft Office usually also know Project Management and SQL. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in SQL.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $74K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $80K on average. Senior Systems Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. Senior Systems Analysts with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $93K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Systems Analysts, Washington provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Senior Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent), Boston (+14 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), and Minneapolis (+8 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Dallas (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Analyst Salaries



National Average
$85,000



Skills That Affect Senior Systems Analyst Salaries


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UNIX
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 664 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

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%
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