Senior Systems Engineer Salary

Senior Systems Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $97K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash incomes of Senior Systems Engineers run from $75K to $141K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K, profit sharing that reaches $10K, and some commissions of nearly $50K. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and geographic location are driving factors as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$73,474 - $134,277

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$30.05 - $80.15

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,474 - $134,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,181  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $10,264  
Commission
$0.00 - $50,000  
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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$74,671 - $140,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,794
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$30.05 - $80.15  
   
Overtime
$29.43 - $75.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,181  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $50,000  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $10,264  
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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$74,671 - $140,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 323
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Systems Engineer


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Senior Systems Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Principal Systems Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $122K annually. As Senior Systems Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Information Technology Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $76K. Another common career choice for Senior Systems Engineers is to move into an Information Technology Architect role — this promotion usually pays $109K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Engineer


Senior Systems Engineers flock to Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon Co., Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Boeing Company, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Senior Systems Engineers flock to The Boeing Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $124K lead the pack in compensation; however, The Boeing Company also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $80K at one end to $166K at the other end. Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company also offer top salaries for Senior Systems Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $123K, $119K, and $116K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $90K, BAE Systems Inc. pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $72K to $135K isn't that wide, either. Other low-paying employers include General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems at $92K and Lockheed Martin Corp at $93K, though some Senior Systems Engineers there earn up to $140K.

Popular Skills for Senior Systems Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Requirements Analysis, Engineering Design, Project Management, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Active Directory, Internet Information Server, and Windows Operating System General Use. Systems Engineering is a skill commonly found among those who know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Engineer

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


Senior Systems Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $86K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $93K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $103K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $119K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Systems Engineers, 18 percent above the national average. Senior Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+18 percent), New York (+16 percent), Huntsville (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Atlanta and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Systems Engineer Salaries



National Average
$100,000



Skills That Affect Senior Systems Engineer Salaries

Requirements Analysis
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
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UNIX
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C++
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Systems Engineering
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Matlab
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Linux
0%

National Average
$100,000

Controls
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VMware ESX
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1325 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 6%
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