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Senior Systems Developer Salary

With two in three of Senior Systems Developers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Systems Developers is $88K per year and can range from $64K on the lower end to $124K per year near the higher end. 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 $124K. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Male Senior Systems Developers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$63,967 - $117,550
(Median)
64K
76K
88K
100K
120K
MEDIAN: $87,583
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$20.13 - $74.50
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,967 - $117,550  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,254  
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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$63,732 - $124,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 296
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,254  
   
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).
)
$63,732 - $124,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
United States (change)

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 may experience if they take an upper-level role like Senior Software Architect. The position pays an average $121K annually. 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 $4K less and $14K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Systems Developer


Senior Systems Developers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with C++, UNIX, and Linux are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic, Microsoft SQL Server, and JavaScript. Those proficient in SQL are, more often than not, also skilled in Visual Basic (VB) and C#. The majority of those who know HTML also know Microsoft SQL Server.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $72K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $86K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $95K in this role. Senior Systems Developers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $96K on average.

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Developer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%


National Average
$90,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Developer Salaries

C++
up arrow 28%

UNIX
up arrow 10%

Linux
up arrow 9%

C#
up arrow 6%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 6%

Java
up arrow 2%

National Average
$90,000

SQL
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 2%

JavaScript
up arrow 4%


Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 9%