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Working As A Senior Software Application Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $115,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Software Application Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Senior Software Application Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

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

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Average Length of Employment
Software Leader 3.3 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Senior Software Application Engineer
Consultant 5.0%
Programmer 2.3%
Developer 2.3%
Top Careers After Senior Software Application Engineer
Consultant 5.7%
Supervisor 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$115,000
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$90,000
Min 10%
$115,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Median 50%
$146,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Netflix
Highest Paying City
Los Gatos, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Senior Software Application Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Software Application Engineer in the United States is $115,224 per year or $55 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $90,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $146,000.

Real Senior Software Application Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Software Engineer-Financial Applications Netflix Los Gatos, CA Aug 22, 2016 $275,000
Senior Software Engineer-Financial Applications Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Feb 03, 2015 $250,000
Senior Software Engineer-Enable Application Innovation or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 02, 2016 $170,025 -
$190,025
Software Engineer-Applications (Senior Member of Technical Staff) Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Jun 13, 2016 $160,000
Software Engineers-Applications (Senior Member of Technical Staff) Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Aug 06, 2016 $157,000
Senior Software Application Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA May 23, 2016 $155,500
SR. Software Engineer, Consumer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 02, 2015 $155,000 -
$175,000
Senior Software Engineer, Web Applications Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 16, 2016 $153,000
Senior Software Engineer, Web Applications Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 25, 2015 $153,000
Software Engineers-Applications (Senior Member of Technical Staff) Salesforce.com San Mateo, CA Nov 03, 2016 $153,000
Senior Staff Software Applications Development Engineer/Manager/Embedded Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 17, 2016 $152,818 -
$188,200
SR. Software Application Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Mar 25, 2016 $150,600
Senior Software Application Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Mar 21, 2016 $150,000
Software Engineers-Applications (Senior Member of Technical Staff) Salesforce.com Palo Alto, CA Oct 05, 2016 $150,000
Senior Staff-Software Application Engineer Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Charlotte, NC Dec 21, 2016 $137,000
Senior Software Application Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jul 11, 2016 $136,767 -
$176,280
Senior Software Application Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 19, 2016 $136,767 -
$145,000
SR. Software Application Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Dec 23, 2016 $136,767
Senior Software Engineer-Applications and Services Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 26, 2016 $136,300 -
$156,300
Tech Yahoo, Software Applications DEV Engineer, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 25, 2015 $135,941 -
$205,500
Tech Yahoo, Software Applications DEV Engineer, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 16, 2015 $135,941 -
$205,500
Senior Software Applications Development Engineer/Gnss Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 10, 2016 $119,350 -
$142,000
Senior Staff, Software Application Engineering Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Austin, TX Jun 17, 2016 $118,000
Senior Staff, Software Application Engineer Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Austin, TX Aug 01, 2016 $118,000
Senior Staff-Software Application Engineer Charles Schwab and Company, Inc. Austin, TX Jan 10, 2015 $118,000
SR. Software Engineer, Web Applications Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 25, 2016 $117,603
SR. Software Engineer, Web Applications Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA Nov 17, 2016 $116,800
Senior Software Engineer/Applications Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 16, 2015 $116,480 -
$133,400
Senior Engineer, Software Applications T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Dec 21, 2016 $115,814

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Top Skills for A Senior Software Application Engineer

  1. Web Application
  2. Database
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed P&L Details web application for internal use.
  • Build process engineering for a broad range of proprietary financial management applications and database permutations.
  • Used PL/SQL and T-SQL to create and modify stored procedures and functions.
  • Provided development support for plug-in component using Java 6 and Swing for Windows XP.
  • Build WPF based custom control library in C# as basis for user interface.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Software Application Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Texas
  5. Virginia
  6. Illinois
  7. New York
  8. Colorado
  9. District of Columbia
  10. North Carolina
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Senior Software Application Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

68.9%

Female

17.8%

Unknown

13.3%
Ethnicity

White

47.2%

Asian

25.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

8.3%

Unknown

6.8%
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Senior Software Application Engineer Education

Schools

San Jose State University

8.3%

University of Washington

6.3%

Ohio State University

6.3%

Duke University

6.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

6.3%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

6.3%

University of Delaware

6.3%

University of North Texas

4.2%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.2%

Harvard University

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

Johns Hopkins University

4.2%

DePaul University

4.2%

University of California - Berkeley

4.2%

University of Phoenix

4.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

Bates College

4.2%

Kansas State University

4.2%

More Tech Institute

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.7%

Computer Engineering

13.2%

Electrical Engineering

9.4%

Business

7.5%

Information Technology

5.0%

Information Systems

4.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Mathematics

3.1%

Computer Applications

2.5%

Project Management

1.9%

Finance

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Physics

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Management

1.3%

Library Science

1.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.9%

Masters

34.7%

Other

8.2%

Doctorate

3.6%

Certificate

3.1%

Associate

2.0%

Diploma

1.5%
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