Senior Systems Developers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $93K per year, but may range from $75K to $136K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. The majority of Senior Systems Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Senior Systems Developers are male. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$73,357 - $117,453
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$73K
$93K
$120K
MEDIAN: $92,933
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$31.49 - $122.34
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$31
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MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,357 - $117,453  
   
Bonus
$1,184 - $16,726  
Total Pay (?
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$74,878 - $136,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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Hourly Rate
$31.49 - $122.34  
   
Overtime
$51.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,184 - $16,726  
   
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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$74,878 - $136,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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. Senior Systems Developers most often move into positions as Information Technology Project Managers or Information Technology Managers. Information Technology Project Managers actually earn $8K less on average, however, and Information Technology Managers earn $17K less per year than Senior Systems Developers do.

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Popular Skills for Senior Systems Developer


Senior Systems Developers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, UNIX, Java, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic, C# Programming Language, and SQL. It is often found that people who know C# are also skilled in Microsoft SQL Server. Most people skilled in SQL are similarly competent in Visual Basic (VB).

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Developer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $82K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $96K. Senior Systems Developers bring in $95K after working for 10 to 20 years. Senior Systems Developers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $108K.

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Developer Salaries




National Average
$94,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Developer Salaries

C++
up arrow 15%

UNIX
up arrow 5%

Java
up arrow 4%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
0%

National Average
$94,000

C#
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

JavaScript
up arrow 8%

Linux
up arrow 8%

SQL
up arrow 10%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 12%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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