Senior Systems Analyst Salary
With three-fifths of Senior Systems Analysts in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $63K to $120K per year and averages out to $86K per year. In the world of Senior Systems Analysts, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $63K and $120K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Senior Systems Analysts are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's 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
- 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
While not commonly seen, Senior Systems Analysts who transition into an IT Senior Project Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for IT Senior Project Managers is $112K per year. Senior Systems Analysts most frequently become Information Technology Project Managers and Information Technology Managers even though median compensation is $2K lower and $10K lower, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Analyst
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Fidelity Investments, United Healthcare Group, UST Global Inc, and Accenture are all popular places to work. Senior Systems Analysts flock to Starbucks Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $122K lead the pack in compensation. Lockheed Martin Corp, T-Mobile, Inc., and Qualcomm Inc also offer top salaries for Senior Systems Analysts. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $115K, $104K, and $99K, respectively.
A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include UST Global Inc ($71K), Ascension Health ($73K), and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp ($76K).
Popular Skills for Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Systems Analysts report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, UNIX, Java, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Access, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know SQL. People who know Microsoft Office usually 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $76K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $84K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Senior Systems Analysts, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $91K. 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 $95K.
Pay Difference by Location
San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Systems Analysts, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). Richmond is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (12 percent less) and St. Paul (4 percent less).