Senior Systems Developer Salary

Just under two-thirds of Senior Systems Developers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $64K to $122K per year, but median earnings come to around $89K per year. Overall cash earnings for Senior Systems Developers stretch from $64K on the lower end to $122K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $13K from profit sharing. Most Senior Systems Developers report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (85 percent) of Senior Systems Developers who answered the questionnaire are male. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$64,471 - $115,608
(Median)
$64K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,003
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$20.00 - $60.17
(Median)
$20
$36
$60
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,471 - $115,608  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,779  
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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$63,979 - $122,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 - $14,779  
   
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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$63,979 - $122,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.

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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. A lot of Senior Systems Developers advance their careers by becoming Information Technology Project Managers and Information Technology Managers. However, those positions offer $5K less and $15K 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, Internet Information Server, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, JavaScript, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people who know SQL also know Visual Basic (VB). It is often found that people who know C# are also skilled in Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Developer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $77K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $87K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $95K in this role. Senior Systems Developers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $101K.

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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 4%

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 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%
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