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Working As A Senior Programmer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Programmer Do

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. In addition, programmers test newly created applications and programs to ensure that they produce the expected results. If they do not work correctly, computer programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Duties

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses their duties overlap. When such overlap occurs, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. Program design entails planning the software initially, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface. Programmers often use an IDE, which allows them to create, edit, and test code.

A program’s purpose determines the complexity of its computer code. For example, a weather application for a mobile device will require less programming than a social-networking application. Simpler programs can be written in less time. Complex programs, such as computer operating systems, can take a year or more to complete.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS), which consists of applications provided through the Internet, is a growing field. Although programmers typically need to rewrite their programs to work on different system platforms, such as Windows or OS X, applications created with SaaS work on all platforms. Accordingly, programmers writing SaaS applications may not have to rewrite as much code as other programmers do and can instead spend more time writing new programs.

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How To Become A Senior Programmer

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.

Education

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate’s degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

Most programmers learn a few computer languages while in school. However, a computer science degree gives students the skills needed to learn new computer languages easily. During their classes, students receive hands-on experience writing code, testing programs, fixing errors, and doing many other tasks that they will perform on the job.

To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Programmers can become certified in specific programming languages or for vendor-specific programming products. Some companies require their computer programmers to be certified in the products they use.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in computer programming by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Advancement

Programmers who have general business experience may become computer systems analysts. With experience, some programmers may become software developers. They may also be promoted to managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on computer systems analysts, software developers, and computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer programmers must understand complex instructions in order to create computer code.

Concentration. Programmers must be able to work at a computer, writing lines of code for long periods.

Detail oriented. Computer programmers must closely examine the code they write because a small mistake can affect the entire computer program.

Troubleshooting skills. An important part of a programmer’s job is to check the code for errors and fix any they find.

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Senior Programmer Career Paths

Senior Programmer
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Senior Engineer Senior Systems Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Owner Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Senior Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Programmer 4.7 years
Senior Programmer 4.0 years
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Lead Programmer 3.2 years
Programmer 2.5 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Senior Programmer
Programmer 26.2%
Consultant 5.3%
Developer 3.2%
Top Careers After Senior Programmer
Consultant 8.3%
Programmer 4.7%
Developer 3.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$95,000
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$72,000
Min 10%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Evertec
Highest Paying City
Foster City, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Senior Programmer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Programmer in the United States is $95,258 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $72,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Senior Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Graphics Programmer Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 28, 2016 $160,000
SR Graphics Programmer Magic Leap, Inc. Dania Beach, FL Jun 20, 2016 $160,000
Senior Knit Programmer NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Nov 30, 2015 $160,000
Senior Graphics Programmer Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 24, 2016 $150,000
Senior Programmer MacRosoft Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Mar 18, 2015 $146,827
Senior Programmer Contech Systems, Inc. Ridgefield, NJ Sep 19, 2016 $146,090
SR. Oracle Clinical Programmer & Global Librarian .02 Advanced Clinical Holdings LLC Cambridge, MA Jun 20, 2016 $145,600
SR. Oracle Clinical Programmer & Global Librarian .02 Advanced Clinical Holdings LLC Cambridge, MA Sep 09, 2016 $145,600
SR. .NET Programmer Modis, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Jan 09, 2016 $142,064
Senior Programmer Rockstar San Diego, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Jul 15, 2015 $138,000
Senior Statistical Programmer I Chiltern International, Inc. Libertyville, IL Jun 13, 2015 $137,944
FSA-Senior Statistical Programmer 1 Chiltern Gurnee, IL May 23, 2015 $137,032
Senior Statistical Programmer I Chiltern International, Inc. Libertyville, IL Jun 02, 2015 $136,578
Senior Statistical Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical LLC Princeton, NJ Dec 17, 2015 $101,430
Senior Statistical Programmer Optum Services, Inc. Irvine, CA Oct 30, 2015 $101,317
Senior Statistical Programmer Parexel International Durham, NC Jul 11, 2015 $101,149
Senior Statistical Programmer Parexel International Durham, NC Dec 01, 2016 $101,000
Programmer Senior CSRA State and Local Solutions LLC Rensselaer, NY Dec 26, 2016 $101,000
SR. Statistical Programmer Chiltern International, Inc. Cary, NC Oct 05, 2015 $100,940
Senior Statistical Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical LLC Indianapolis, IN May 12, 2015 $100,567
Senior Clinical Programmer Medivation, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 08, 2016 $100,402 -
$125,000
Senior Statistical Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical LLC Princeton, NJ Jun 23, 2015 $89,445
SR. Statistical Programmer Experis Us, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2015 $89,378 -
$116,480
Senior SAP Programmer Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. Middleton, WI Mar 09, 2015 $89,300
SR. Programmer Softech International Resource, Inc. Norcross, GA Aug 05, 2015 $88,941
Senior Programmer Critical Impact Software Inc. McLean, VA Oct 17, 2016 $88,878
Senior Statistical Programmer Quintiles, Inc. Iselin, NJ Jan 11, 2015 $88,439
Senior Statistical Programmer 1 Chiltern International, Inc. Dublin, OH Jul 18, 2016 $88,000
Senior Statistical Programmer Icon Clinical Research, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Feb 23, 2015 $88,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Programmer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Devised technical solutions for Desktop and Web application projects using various Microsoft development tools.
  • Used Bulk Collections for better performance and easy retrieval of data, by reducing context switching between SQL and PL/SQL engines.
  • Planned and managed databases storage capacity and worked on monitoring and reducing database fragmentation.
  • Created PL/SQL program units to modified data received from SAP to forecast demand and supply of products using historical data.
  • Managed the development and deployment of IIS web-based automated reporting tracking system utilizing JavaScript, ASP, and ADO component interfaces.

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  3. Washington
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Colorado
  6. California
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Senior Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.6%

Female

18.8%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

53.3%

Asian

19.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.0%

French

9.1%

Chinese

6.5%

German

6.5%

Japanese

6.5%

Italian

6.5%

Portuguese

5.2%

Carrier

3.9%

Russian

2.6%

Mandarin

2.6%

Serbian

1.3%

Danish

1.3%

Bosnian

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

Indonesian

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Korean

1.3%
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Senior Programmer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.1%

Texas A&M University

7.6%

More Tech Institute

7.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.9%

New York University

5.7%

University of Florida

5.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.8%

Northern Illinois University

4.8%

National University

4.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.6%

George Mason University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

Purdue University

4.3%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.9%

Johns Hopkins University

3.9%

Wayne State University

3.7%

DePaul University

3.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

34.6%

Business

10.1%

Computer Information Systems

6.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Computer Engineering

6.0%

Computer Applications

5.0%

Information Technology

5.0%

Mathematics

3.9%

Computer Programming

3.0%

Information Systems

3.0%

Management Information Systems

3.0%

Engineering

2.2%

Management

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Accounting

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%

Statistics

1.2%

Physics

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.2%

Masters

29.2%

Other

12.2%

Associate

6.0%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.0%
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