Senior Systems Developer Salary

With just under two-thirds of Senior Systems Developers 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 $69K to $128K per year and averages out to $91K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority of Senior Systems Developers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$69,346 - $121,448
(Median)
$69K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $91,397
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$20.43 - $67.96
(Median)
$20
$38
$68
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,346 - $121,448  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,494  
Profit Sharing
$7,500  
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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$69,241 - $128,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 226
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.43 - $67.96  
   
Overtime
$37.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,494  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,500  
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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$69,241 - $128,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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.

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Senior Systems Developers who go on to become Senior Software Architects may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Software Architects is $122K annually. Senior Systems Developers most often move into positions as Information Technology Project Managers or Information Technology Managers. Information Technology Project Managers actually earn $7K less on average, however, and Information Technology Managers earn $16K less per year than Senior Systems Developers do.

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Popular Skills for Senior Systems Developer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, UNIX, Internet Information Server, and HTML are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic and JavaScript. Most people familiar with SQL also know Visual Basic (VB). Most people skilled in C# are similarly competent in Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Developer

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


Senior Systems Developers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $80K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $91K. For Senior Systems Developers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $106K.

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Developer Salaries



National Average
$93,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Developer Salaries

C++
up arrow 16%

UNIX
up arrow 6%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 1%

C#
0%

HTML
0%

Linux
0%

National Average
$93,000

Java
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
up arrow 8%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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