Senior Systems Developer Salary

Senior Systems Developers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $91K per year on average but can range from $74K to $136K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Senior Systems Developers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 81 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$70,506 - $115,014
$71K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $91,468
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50%
90%

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$38.17 - $66.30
$48
MEDIAN: $47.93
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$0$136K
Salary $70,506 - $115,014
Bonus $1,024 - $15,000
Profit Sharing $3,500
Total Pay (?
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$73,633 - $136,378
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 53
Hourly Data $0$66
Hourly Rate $47.93
Overtime $29.38
Annual Data $0$136K
Bonus $1,024 - $15,000
Profit Sharing $3,500
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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$73,633 - $136,378
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 7

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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' 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 $123K per year. A lot of Senior Systems Developers advance their careers by becoming Information Technology Project Managers and Information Technology Managers. However, those positions offer $12K less and $21K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Systems Developer


Senior Systems Developers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, UNIX, Java, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include C# Programming Language, Visual Basic, and SQL. It is often found that people who know C# are also skilled in Microsoft SQL Server. A tool kit that includes SQL also typically contains Visual Basic (VB).

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Developer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Systems Developer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Systems Developer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 9 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Systems Developer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 24 salaries. An experienced Senior Systems Developer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 29 salaries. A Senior Systems Developer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 15 salaries.

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Key Stats for Senior Systems Developer

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Senior Systems Developer Salaries

▲12%

National Average
$98,000

▼2%

▼4%

Entry-Level
▼18%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Developer Salaries

C++
▲10%

UNIX
▼0%

National Average
$98,000


Java
▼1%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
▼4%

C#
▼5%

HTML
▼5%

JavaScript
▼12%

▼12%

SQL
▼14%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 8%
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