Senior Systems Developers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $91K annually, but may range from $75K to $136K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Senior Systems Developers are male. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$73,541 - $118,423
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$120K
MEDIAN: $90,996
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$37.74 - $58.50
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MEDIAN: $41.73
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,541 - $118,423  
   
Bonus
$1,030 - $16,149  
Profit Sharing
$3,100  
Total Pay (?
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$75,064 - $135,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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Hourly Rate
$41.73  
   
Overtime
$53.28  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,030 - $16,149  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,100  
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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$75,064 - $135,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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

  • Collaborate with other senior level developers to define and specify project needs.
  • Create databases and online reports to support project measurement and data analytics.
  • Develop enhancements to existing systems.
  • 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.

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Senior Systems Developers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Software Architect. The latter position pays an average of $123K annually. A lot of Senior Systems Developers advance their careers by becoming Information Technology Project Managers and Information Technology Managers. However, those positions offer $8K less and $16K less per year on average.

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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, 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 C# Programming Language, Visual Basic, and SQL. For most people, competency in C# indicates knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server. Those proficient in SQL are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Senior Systems Developers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $81K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $89K on average. Senior Systems Developers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $94K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $107K.

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Key Stats for Senior Systems Developer

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
038
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Senior Systems Developer Salaries



National Average
$94,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Developer Salaries

C++
up arrow 15%

UNIX
up arrow 5%

Java
up arrow 4%


Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 1%

HTML
0%

National Average
$94,000

C#
up arrow 1%

Linux
up arrow 7%

JavaScript
up arrow 8%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 12%

SQL
up arrow 12%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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