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Working As A Senior Software Programmer

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

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Software Programmer 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 Programmer

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
Senior Programmer 3.5 years
Software Leader 3.3 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Senior Software Programmer
Programmer 6.3%
Developer 3.7%
Consultant 3.0%
Top Careers After Senior Software Programmer
Consultant 5.6%
Manager 2.8%
Developer 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$100,000
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$75,000
Min 10%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$132,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Aurora Medical Group
Highest Paying City
Oakland, CA
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Senior Software Programmer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Software Programmer in the United States is $100,264 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $75,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $132,000.

Real Senior Software Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Software Programmer/Analyst Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC Cambridge, MA Sep 17, 2015 $146,090
Senior Software Programmer Analyst ZTI Merger Subsidiary III, Inc. Oakland, CA May 09, 2016 $126,000 -
$138,000
Senior Software Programmer Analyst Dasan Zhone Solutions, Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 26, 2016 $126,000 -
$138,000
Senior Software Programmer Analyst Vedicsoft Solutions, LLC. Iselin, NJ Oct 13, 2016 $123,490
SR. Software Programmer Analyst Vedicsoft Solutions, LLC. Iselin, NJ Aug 15, 2016 $123,490
SR. Software Programmer Analyst Vedicsoft Solutions, LLC. Iselin, NJ Jun 23, 2016 $123,490
SR. Software Programmer Analyst Vedicsoft Solutions, LLC. Iselin, NJ May 27, 2016 $123,490
Senior Software Programmer Analyst Vedicsoft Solutions, LLC. Iselin, NJ Apr 14, 2016 $123,490
Senior Software Programmer Ad.com Interactive Media, Inc. Burbank, CA Apr 13, 2016 $120,702
Senior Software Programmer IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 15, 2015 $120,349 -
$145,001
Senior Software Programmer Delta System & Software, Inc. Alpharetta, GA May 19, 2015 $120,000
Senior Software Programmer Delta System & Software, Inc. Frisco, TX Aug 29, 2016 $120,000
Senior Software Programmer Data Glove Inc. Boston, MA Dec 10, 2016 $120,000
Senior Software Programmer Delta System & Software, Inc. Alpharetta, GA May 01, 2015 $120,000
SR. Software Programmer (Ucmdb) Right Click Systems LLC Allentown, PA Jun 28, 2016 $101,837
Senior Software Programmer SSB Software Technologies Inc. Lake Forest, CA Mar 16, 2015 $96,158
Senior Software Programmer SSB Software Technologies Inc. Lake Forest, CA Mar 10, 2015 $96,158
Senior Software Programmer SSB Software Technologies Inc. Lake Forest, CA Mar 03, 2015 $96,158
Senior Software Programmer Detekt Biomedical LLC Austin, TX Aug 17, 2015 $95,100
Sr.Software Programmer Bridgetown Consulting Group Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 07, 2016 $95,000
Senior Software Programmer Opsol Integrators Inc. Campbell, CA Feb 13, 2016 $94,353
Senior Software Programmer Delasoft, Inc. Princeton, NJ Jul 03, 2015 $79,706
Senior Software Programmer Smartsoft International, Inc. Suwanee, GA Oct 10, 2015 $79,498 -
$125,000
Senior Software Programmer Object Frontier, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Sep 29, 2016 $78,000
Senior Software Programmer Smartsoft International, Inc. Suwanee, GA Dec 31, 2015 $77,563 -
$120,000
SR. Software Programmer APPS Solutions Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 08, 2016 $76,107
SR. Software Programmer Adeptpros, Inc. New York, NY Aug 25, 2016 $75,000
Senior Software Programmer/Architect Greycell Labs Inc. Edison, NJ Jul 13, 2015 $75,000
Senior Software Programmer/Team Lead Frontier Utilities LLC Houston, TX Sep 17, 2015 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Software Programmer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. SQL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Web application consists of many charts and reports, which we design, and implement regularly.
  • Develop PL/SQL packages for mass data cleanup, data validation, and error reporting.
  • Developed and published various SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) reports / SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services) packages.
  • Analyzed user requirements, and coded ASP pages and stored procedures for large, public web application use and deployment.
  • Used the Struts HTML tag library and Logic tag library of the Struts framework together with HTML for the user interface.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Software Programmers

  1. Washington
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Virginia
  4. New York
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Texas
  8. Massachusetts
  9. New Hampshire
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Senior Software Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

66.9%

Female

21.3%

Unknown

11.7%
Ethnicity

White

46.0%

Asian

27.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Portuguese

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%

Carrier

25.0%

Italian

25.0%
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Senior Software Programmer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Dallas

7.3%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

7.3%

Northern Illinois University

7.3%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

4.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.9%

National University

4.9%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

4.9%

Wichita State University

4.9%

Joliet Junior College

4.9%

University of Houston

4.9%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.9%

George Washington University

4.9%

University of Arizona

4.9%

University of Dallas

4.9%

George Mason University

4.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.9%

Syracuse University

2.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

38.5%

Computer Applications

8.1%

Electrical Engineering

7.7%

Business

6.8%

Computer Information Systems

5.6%

Information Technology

5.1%

Computer Engineering

4.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.4%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Engineering

3.4%

Finance

2.6%

Information Systems

2.1%

Music

1.7%

Management

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Physics

1.3%

Computer Programming

0.9%

General Studies

0.9%

Project Management

0.9%

Data Processing

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.5%

Masters

37.4%

Other

7.0%

Associate

3.9%

Diploma

2.3%

Certificate

1.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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