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Senior Systems Developer Salary

Senior Systems Developers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and about two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $88K annually, but may range from $64K to $122K per year. Total cash compensation for Senior Systems Developers runs from $64K to $122K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $13K. Senior Systems Developers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Systems Developers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$64,396 - $115,456
(Median)
$64K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,300
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50%
90%

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$20.13 - $74.50
(Median)
$20
$38
$74
MEDIAN: $37.00
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90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$64,396 - $115,456  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,808  
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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$64,085 - $122,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266
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 - $14,808  
   
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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$64,085 - $122,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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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At the upper end, Senior Systems Developers who move into a Senior Software Architect role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Software Architects is a much higher $121K per year. Senior Systems Developers most frequently become Information Technology Project Managers and Information Technology Managers even though median compensation is $5K lower and $14K lower, 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, Linux, and Internet Information Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, JavaScript, and Microsoft SQL Server. The majority of those who know SQL also know C#.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Developer

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


For many Senior Systems Developers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $75K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $87K. Senior Systems Developers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $94K. 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 $100K on average.

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Developer Salaries



National Average
$90,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Developer Salaries

C++
up arrow 19%

UNIX
up arrow 9%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 6%

Linux
up arrow 6%

C#
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 2%

National Average
$90,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 4%

JavaScript
up arrow 5%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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