Senior Systems Developer Salary

Senior Systems Developers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just below two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $91K annually on average but can range from $69K to $128K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Senior Systems Developers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The majority of Senior Systems Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by 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)
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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 (?
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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.

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 $122K on average per year. Many Senior Systems Developers choose to become Information Technology Project Managers and Information Technology Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $7K less and $16K less, respectively.

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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 HTML are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic and JavaScript. For most people, competency in C# indicates knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server. Most people experienced in SQL also know Visual Basic (VB).

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Developer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Systems Developers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $80K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $91K. For Senior Systems Developers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income 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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