Senior Systems Developer Salary

Senior Systems Developers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $89K per year on average but can range from $64K to $123K per year. In the world of Senior Systems Developers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $13K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $64K and $123K. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Senior Systems Developers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$64,378 - $116,472
(Median)
$64K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,189
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$20.00 - $60.17
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$20
$36
$60
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,378 - $116,472  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$63,909 - $122,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 252
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.00 - $60.17  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,795  
   
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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$63,909 - $122,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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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Senior Systems Developers who transition into a Senior Software Architect role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $121K 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 $5K less and $15K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Systems Developer


Survey results imply that Senior Systems Developers deploy a deep pool of skills 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 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Visual Basic, JavaScript, and Microsoft SQL Server. For most people, competency in C# indicates knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server. It is often found that people who know SQL are 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $76K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $87K. Senior Systems Developers see a median salary of $95K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $104K on average.

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Developer Salaries



National Average
$91,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Developer Salaries

C++
up arrow 19%

UNIX
up arrow 8%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 6%

Linux
up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 1%

National Average
$91,000

SQL
up arrow 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
up arrow 6%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%
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