Senior Systems Developer Salary

About two-thirds of Senior Systems Developers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $65K to $123K per year, and the average comes out to $90K per year. Total incomes of Senior Systems Developers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $13K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $65K and $123K. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Senior Systems Developers like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are far more male Senior Systems Developers survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$65,041 - $116,689

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$19.87 - $60.47

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,041 - $116,689  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,986  
Profit Sharing
$766 - $12,723  
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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$64,723 - $122,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 246
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.87 - $60.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.15  
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 - $14,986  
   
Profit Sharing
$766 - $12,723  
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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$64,723 - $122,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Software Architect. The average Senior Software Architect brings home $121K 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 $6K less on average, however, and Information Technology Managers earn $15K 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 Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Visual Basic, JavaScript, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those proficient in C# are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft SQL Server. Those who learned SQL also tend to 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.


For Senior Systems Developers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $78K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $87K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $95K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $102K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Developer Salaries



National Average
$91,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Developer Salaries

C++
up arrow 18%

UNIX
up arrow 8%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 6%

Linux
up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Java
0%

National Average
$91,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 4%

JavaScript
up arrow 6%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%
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