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Senior Systems Developer Salary

Senior Systems Developers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — about two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $64K to $122K per year, median earnings come to $88K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Systems Developers bottoms out near $64K and approaches $122K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $13K from profit sharing. Men make up the vast majority of Senior Systems Developers (85 percent) who took the survey. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of Senior Systems Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$64,480 - $114,605
(Median)
$64K
$88K
$110K
MEDIAN: $88,141
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90%

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$20.13 - $74.50
(Median)
$20
$38
$74
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,480 - $114,605  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,795  
Profit Sharing
$773 - $12,605  
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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$64,156 - $122,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.13 - $74.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,795  
   
Profit Sharing
$773 - $12,605  
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).
)
$64,156 - $122,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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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As Senior Systems Developers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Software Architect, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Software Architects earn $121K on average 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 $5K less on average, however, and Information Technology Managers earn $14K less per year than Senior Systems Developers do.

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Popular Skills for Senior Systems Developer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in C++, UNIX, Internet Information Server, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Visual Basic, JavaScript, and Microsoft SQL Server. Competency in HTML frequently indicates knowledge of SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Developer

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


For Senior Systems Developers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $75K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $87K. Senior Systems Developers bring in $94K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $97K.

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Developer Salaries



National Average
$90,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Developer Salaries

C++
up arrow 19%

UNIX
up arrow 9%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 7%

Linux
up arrow 6%

C#
up arrow 3%

HTML
0%

National Average
$90,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
up arrow 5%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%
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