Late-Career Senior Systems Engineer Salary

Average pay for Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($115K). In the world of Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers, overall cash earnings stretch from $85K near the bottom to $162K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $16K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $13K, along with commissions approaching $46K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. For the most part, Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$83,650 - $155,223
(Median)
$84K
$110K
$160K
MEDIAN: $114,652
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$36.24 - $86.73
(Median)
$36
$57
$87
MEDIAN: $57.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$83,650 - $155,223  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,585  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $13,331  
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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$84,816 - $161,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,486
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$36.24 - $86.73  
   
Overtime
$1.29 - $80.33  
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 - $15,585  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $45,691  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $13,331  
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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$84,816 - $161,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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Popular Employer Salaries for Late-Career Senior Systems Engineer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers include Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Boeing Company, Raytheon Co., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the best pay with a median salary of $152K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $117K and maxing out at just $195K. Other big spenders include Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, The Boeing Company, and The MITRE Corporation, top-paying firms where Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers see paychecks nearing $146K, $137K, or $135K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) — median pay is $111K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $96K and only reaching $150K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Rockwell Collins, Inc. ($112K), Dell, Inc. ($124K), and Lockheed Martin Corp ($131K).

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Late-Career Senior Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+13 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Huntsville (+6 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Minneapolis and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 9 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
up arrow 4%

Requirements Analysis
up arrow 4%

Project
up arrow 4%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$119,000

UNIX
up arrow 1%

Controls
up arrow 1%

Linux
up arrow 7%

SQL
up arrow 7%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 10%

VMware ESX
up arrow 16%

Microsoft Active Directory
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 339 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%
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