Senior Systems Engineer Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Senior Systems Engineers (around one in three) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $103K. Total cash compensation for Senior Systems Engineers runs from $78K to $144K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $14K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Systems Engineers. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. Men make up the vast majority of Senior Systems Engineers (89 percent) who took the survey. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$76,533 - $137,063
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MEDIAN: $100,522
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$29.93 - $81.35
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$0$144K
Salary $76,533 - $137,063
Bonus $963 - $15,470
Profit Sharing $504 - $14,094
Commission $2,517 - $59,323
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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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$77,528 - $144,038
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,087
Hourly Data $0$81
Hourly Rate $29.93 - $81.35
Overtime $31.50 - $75.21
Annual Data $0$144K
Bonus $963 - $15,470
Commission $2,517 - $59,323
Profit Sharing $504 - $14,094
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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$77,528 - $144,038
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 187

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Job Description for Senior Systems Engineer

The senior systems engineer tends to involve more design and build-out work than an standard systems administrator position. While both jobs contain responsibilities for day-to-day administration and upkeep of servers and storage, a senior systems engineer will also have been the one who original designed the solution; this can range anywhere from choosing a server platform to details related to processors, RAM and network cards.

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Senior Systems Engineer Tasks

  • Oversee the planning, design and implementation of system engineering projects.
  • May be responsible for designing a data contingency plan or data disaster recovery plan.
  • Install, configure and upgrade and enhancements to software/hardware/network systems.

Common Career Paths for Senior Systems Engineer


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As Senior Systems Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Principal Systems Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Principal Systems Engineers earn $124K on average per year. An Information Technology Manager role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Systems Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $78K on average. The Information Technology Architect position is another common transition for Senior Systems Engineers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $110K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Engineer


Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon Co., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Inc., and Raytheon Missile Systems are among the top companies that take on many Senior Systems Engineers. Senior Systems Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Boeing Company, where the median salary comes to $133K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($94K) and those starting out ($173K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Senior Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Northrop Grumman Corporation ($119K), General Dynamics C4 Systems ($113K), and Rockwell Collins, Inc. ($104K).

With a median salary of $84K, Motorola, Inc. provides Senior Systems Engineers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $101K, limiting employee salary growth. BAE Systems Inc., Dell, Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $88K, $99K, and $99K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Senior Systems Engineer


Senior Systems Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, C++ Programming Language, Requirements Analysis, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Operating System General Use, and Storage Area Networking. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Requirements Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Systems Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Systems Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 639 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Systems Engineer 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 1,669 salaries. An experienced Senior Systems Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 2,230 salaries. A Senior Systems Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $119,000 based on 910 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $103,114

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Systems Engineers, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Phoenix and 6 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Senior Systems Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 596 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Senior Systems Engineer Salaries

▲16%

▲3%

National Average
$103,000

▼6%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 596 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
no benefits
None: 7%
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