$101,583
Avg. Salary
$50.64
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$5,849

Bonus

$3,856

Profit Sharing

$30,521

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Senior Systems Engineer is $50.64 per hour.

The average pay for a Senior Systems Engineer is $101,583 per year.

$30.70
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$84.11
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MEDIAN $50.64
$77k
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$138k
90%
MEDIAN $101,583
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$0$145K
Salary $76,957 - $138,495
Bonus $1,004 - $15,822
Profit Sharing $973 - $14,394
Commission $6,000 - $51,521
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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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$77,937 - $145,411
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 7,996
Hourly Data $0$84
Hourly Rate $30.70 - $84.11
Overtime $32.02 - $76.61
Annual Data $0$145K
Bonus $1,004 - $15,822
Commission $6,000 - $51,521
Profit Sharing $973 - $14,394
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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$77,937 - $145,411
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 360

Job Description for Senior Systems Engineer

The senior systems engineer tends to involve more design and build-out work than an standard systems administrator position. While both jobs contain responsibilities for day-to-day administration and upkeep of servers and storage, a senior systems engineer will also have been the one who original designed the solution; this can range anywhere from choosing a server platform to details related to processors, RAM and network cards.

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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.

Senior Systems Engineer Pay By Employer

$0$168K

$97,399

Raytheon Co.
163 profiles
$100,000

$116,272

$102,268

$128,684

$99,149

$103,903

$78,308

$105,852

BAE Systems Inc.
29 profiles
$91,302

Common Career Paths for Senior Systems Engineer


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At the upper end, Senior Systems Engineers who move into a Principal Systems Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Principal Systems Engineers is a much higher $124K per year. The most common career progression for Senior Systems Engineers leads to becoming an Information Technology Manager, where pay is typically $78K. However, many Senior Systems Engineers also opt to become Information Technology Architects, a position that pays $110K on average.

Senior Systems Engineer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Senior Systems Engineer


Senior Systems Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in UNIX, C++ Programming Language, Requirements Analysis, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 5 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Operating System General Use, and Storage Area Networking. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Requirements Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Systems Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Systems Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 639 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Systems Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 1,669 salaries. An experienced Senior Systems Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 2,230 salaries. A Senior Systems Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $119,000 based on 910 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,482

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Senior Systems Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and New York (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Phoenix and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

Senior Systems Engineer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Systems Engineer?

Senior Systems Engineer in Silver Spring:
"BSCS and work for a large company."
Work for a large company.

Senior Systems Engineer in Boston:
"Good And Stable."
Pros: Flexible hours. International opportunities. Stable employment. Opportunities across a nice selection cities throughout the US.
Cons: Good projects where you're really learning are hit or miss. Working government contracts can be slow developing and counterproductive.

Senior Systems Engineer in Mobile:
"You Can't Know What You Are Getting Into."
A career in IT means different things to different people. There is no way to know fully if you will like it, but remember there is a large customer service component of IT work, it isn't just fancy buttons and doo hickeys. No career is really permanent, but IT can become a long term career if you invest your time and energy to make it into the career you want it to be.

Senior Systems Engineer in Yonkers:
Consider yourself self-employed, regardless of how you are compensated for your work. Be professional and give the client or employer your best work but never give them your unquestioned trust.

Senior Systems Engineer in Johannesburg:
"Office conditions, work flexibility."
Pros: Work environment.
Cons: Salary.

Senior Systems Engineer in Greenville:
"Many Customers."
Everyone who asks you a question is a customer. Give them good service. The word will spread that you are easy to work with and have the answers. If you do not know the answers then find the person who does and stay on each issue until it is resolved.

Senior Systems Engineer in Irving:
"Responsibilities."
Keep in mind that employers use Systems Administration/Engineer titles as a catch all for a plethora of odd responsibilities related to IT. Read your job descriptions very carefully and when interviewing ensure you get a day to day run down of all of your duties so that you fully understand what you are getting into. Systems guys are normally the most well rounded IT professionals in the IT field. We are required to know everything from networking equipment, operating systems, security practices to scripting and occasionally a bit of programming experience goes a very long way.

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Key Stats for Senior Systems Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1302 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
23%

Experience Affects Senior Systems Engineer Salaries

▲14%

▲1%

National Average
$104,000

▼7%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1302 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
no benefits
None: 7%