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Average Senior Systems Engineer Salary

$105,412
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$6,083
Bonus
$39,538
Commission
$4,099
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Senior Systems Engineer is $105,412.
10%
$79k
MEDIAN
$105k
90%
$145k
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$79k - $145k
Bonus
$1k - $17k
Profit Sharing
$1k - $15k
Commission
$12k - $55k
Total Pay
$79k - $151k
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What Do Senior Systems Engineers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Senior Systems Engineer

4 out of 5
(1,216)
Highly Satisfied
93Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Senior Systems Engineer are from the companies Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon Co. and Northrop Grumman Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at The Boeing Company where the average pay is $132,475. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Northrop Grumman Corporation, earning around $127,424 and $121,109, respectively. Lockheed Martin Corp pays the lowest at around $101,296. Raytheon Missile Systems and Rockwell Collins, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $102,380 and $103,525, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Senior Systems Engineers?

Skills in Systems Engineering, Requirements Analysis, Engineering Design and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include VMware ESX.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Engineers?

An entry-level Senior Systems Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $92,464 based on 53 salaries. An early career Senior Systems Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,313 based on 746 salaries. A mid-career Senior Systems Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $99,438 based on 1,915 salaries. An experienced Senior Systems Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $108,872 based on 3,046 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $119,823.
Employees with Senior Systems Engineer in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 14.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (14.2% more) and Huntsville, Alabama (14.1% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 7,565 survey responses.
Entry Level
0.7%
Early Career
9.9%
Mid Career
25.3%
Experienced
40.3%
Late Career
23.9%