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Late-Career Senior Systems Engineer Salary (United States)

Compensation for Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($119K). In the world of Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers, overall income ranges from $85K near the bottom to $161K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $13K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Late-Career Senior Systems Engineer Salary (?
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$83,739 - $154,874
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $115,117
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Late-Career Senior Systems Engineer Salary (?
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$35.80 - $82.15
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MEDIAN: $58.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$83,739 - $154,874  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,360  
Profit Sharing
$795 - $13,209  
Commission
$0.00 - $33,000  
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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$84,984 - $161,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$35.80 - $82.15  
   
Overtime
$1.36 - $78.63  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,360  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $33,000  
Profit Sharing
$795 - $13,209  
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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$84,984 - $161,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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Popular Employer Salaries for Late-Career Senior Systems Engineer

Known for taking on a considerable number of Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers, Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and Raytheon Co. are leading firms in the industry. Employees at Northrop Grumman Corporation enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $147K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $111K and higher ones not far away at only $176K. Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company ($141K), The Boeing Company ($140K), and Lockheed Martin Corp ($133K).
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $115K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $95K to $150K. Workers at Dell, Inc., Raytheon Co., and Lockheed Martin Corp also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $124K, $129K, and $133K respectively.

Pay Difference By Location

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Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, San Jose, San Diego, and Los Angeles have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries above the national average. Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (12 percent lower) and Dallas (10 percent lower).
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Skills That Affect Late-Career Senior Systems Engineer Salaries

C++
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Java
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Project Management
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Systems Engineering
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Microsoft Word
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Project
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$119,000
Controls
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UNIX
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Windows Operating System General Use
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SQL
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Linux
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VMware ESX
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 384 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 7%