Senior Systems Developer Salary

Approximately two in three of Senior Systems Developers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $75K to $140K per year, but median earnings come to around $92K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Systems Developers. Men account for the majority of Senior Systems Developers who responded to the questionnaire — 81 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$72,990 - $131,937
$73K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,461
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90%

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$37.74 - $58.50
$42
MEDIAN: $41.73
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$72,990 - $131,937  
   
Bonus
$1,021 - $16,389  
Total Pay (?
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$74,556 - $140,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$41.73  
   
Overtime
$53.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,021 - $16,389  
   
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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$74,556 - $140,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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Job Description for Senior Systems Developer

A senior systems developer ensures that all development projects meet business requirements, fulfill end user requirements, and resolve system issues. They are also responsible for reviewing and analyzing existing applications for effectiveness and efficiency, as well as developing strategies on how to improve them. Additionally, they develop standards and processes that nurture a productive environment for project development, as well as manage and provide direction for development teams while providing technical leadership to project managers and programmers. Senior systems developers must make sure that all projects are within budget limitations and completed on time.

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Senior Systems Developer Tasks

  • Assign tasks, responsibilities and deliverables for team members while monitoring progress.
  • Manage multiple projects at once to ensure that project objectives are exceeded on time.
  • Develop enhancements to existing systems.
  • Collaborate with other senior level developers to define and specify project needs.
  • Create databases and online reports to support project measurement and data analytics.

Common Career Paths for Senior Systems Developer


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At the upper end, Senior Systems Developers who move into a Senior Software Architect role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Software Architects is a much higher $123K per year. Many Senior Systems Developers go on to become Information Technology Project Managers or Information Technology Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $9K lower and $18K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Systems Developer


Survey results imply that Senior Systems Developers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, UNIX, Java, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C# Programming Language, Visual Basic, and SQL. Those proficient in SQL are, more often than not, also skilled in Visual Basic (VB). Those educated in C# tend to be well versed in Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Developer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Systems Developer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Systems Developer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 9 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Systems Developer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 24 salaries. An experienced Senior Systems Developer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 29 salaries. A Senior Systems Developer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 15 salaries.

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Key Stats for Senior Systems Developer

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Senior Systems Developer Salaries

▲15%

▲1%

National Average
$95,000

▼1%

Entry-Level
▼15%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Developer Salaries

C++
▲13%

UNIX
▲3%


Java
▲2%

National Average
$95,000

Internet Information Server (IIS)
▼1%

HTML
▼2%

C#
▼3%

▼9%

JavaScript
▼10%

SQL
▼11%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 9%