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The average salary for a Senior Systems Engineer is $103,049.
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$79k - $148k

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Job Description for Senior Systems Engineer

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

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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 $127,440. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Northrop Grumman Corporation and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, earning around $117,251 and $104,798, respectively. Lockheed Martin Corp pays the lowest at around $99,322. Raytheon Missile Systems and Raytheon Co. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $100,197 and $101,466, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Systems Engineer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Engineer

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 $92,694 based on 68 salaries. An early career Senior Systems Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $89,143 based on 721 salaries. A mid-career Senior Systems Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $97,472 based on 2,062 salaries. An experienced Senior Systems Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $106,837 based on 3,402 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $117,908.
Employees with Senior Systems Engineer in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 17.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (13.9% more) and Seattle, Washington (12.9% more).

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