Late-Career Senior Systems Engineer Salary

On average, Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers earn six-figure salaries ($115K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total cash incomes of Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers run from $85K to $162K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K, profit sharing that reaches $14K, and some commissions of nearly $46K. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Most Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$83,682 - $155,277
(Median)
$84K
$110K
$160K
MEDIAN: $114,697
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$35.54 - $87.73
(Median)
$36
$58
$88
MEDIAN: $57.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$83,682 - $155,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,395  
Profit Sharing
$789 - $13,702  
Commission
$0.00 - $45,691  
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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$84,869 - $162,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,439
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$35.54 - $87.73  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $79.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,395  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $45,691  
Profit Sharing
$789 - $13,702  
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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$84,869 - $162,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers include Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and Raytheon Co. Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the best pay with a median salary of $150K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $112K and maxing out at just $177K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, The Boeing Company, and Lockheed Martin Corp, where earnings of $146K, $137K, or $131K are standard for Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $115K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $150K and scope of pay is rather limited. Dell, Inc., Raytheon Co., and Lockheed Martin Corp also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $124K, $129K, and $131K.

Pay Difference by Location


Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Chantilly (+21 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Phoenix (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Late-Career Senior Systems Engineer Salaries

C++
up arrow 9%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
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Requirements Analysis
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Project
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Systems Engineering
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

National Average
$119,000

Controls
up arrow 1%

UNIX
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SQL
up arrow 6%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 8%

Linux
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VMware ESX
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 360 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 7%