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How Much Does a Senior Systems Engineer Earn In The United States?

Senior Systems Engineer Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$102,000
$80,000
$102,000
$132,000
The average senior systems engineer makes about $102,970 per year. That's $49.5 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $80,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $132,000. Many of senior systems engineers seem to be drawn to technology and finance companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case senior systems engineers tend to work at health care, finance, and manufacturing companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Washington, California and New Hampshire pay senior systems engineers the highest salaries.
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Where Senior Systems Engineers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where senior systems engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Senior Systems Engineers Earn In Different Cities?

While a senior systems engineer can average a salary of $102,970 per year, or $49.5 per hour, there are many opportunities for senior systems engineers to make more. For example, in Seattle, WA you might make $130,737 per year. Other high-paying locations include San Francisco, CA, Washington, DC and Marlborough, MA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Seattle, WA where the average starting salary is $89,000. The highest paying states for senior systems engineers include Washington, California and New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Montana, Indiana, and North Dakota offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Seattle, WA

Salary Range107k - 159k$131k$130,737

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range102k - 154k$126k$126,210

Washington, DC

Salary Range91k - 135k$111k$111,251

Marlborough, MA

Salary Range90k - 133k$110k$109,712

Annapolis, MD

Salary Range85k - 127k$104k$104,434

New York, NY

Salary Range85k - 127k$104k$104,131

Jersey City, NJ

Salary Range83k - 124k$102k$102,284

Austin, TX

Salary Range79k - 117k$97k$96,685

Philadelphia, PA

Salary Range75k - 112k$92k$92,129

Rochester, MN

Salary Range74k - 112k$92k$91,867
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High Paying Senior Systems Engineer Jobs

Which Companies Pay Senior Systems Engineers The Most?

To earn a high income as a senior systems engineer, working for Mayo Clinic or Corning might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Apple and General Dynamics report highly competitive salaries for senior systems engineers.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Mayo Clinic
Salary Range135k - 183k$158k$157,662
Corning
Salary Range135k - 172k$152k$152,481
Apple
Salary Range133k - 170k$151k$151,009
General Dynamics
Salary Range131k - 172k$150k$150,378
Activision Blizzard
Salary Range128k - 171k$149k$148,545
Sanmina
Salary Range131k - 167k$148k$148,100
Uber Technologies
Salary Range134k - 157k$146k$145,517
Salesforce
Salary Range124k - 167k$144k$144,191
VMware
Salary Range136k - 151k$144k$143,658
LinkedIn
Salary Range132k - 154k$143k$142,905
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    How Much Do Senior Systems Engineers Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, senior systems engineer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that health care, finance, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for senior systems engineers. For example, senior systems engineers make a whopping average salary of $109,101 while working for health care companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $101,161 at finance companies and $99,648 at manufacturing companies. But senior systems engineers may want to avoid working in the technology industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $98,548.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Health Care

    Salary Range95k - 124k$109k$109,101

    Finance

    Salary Range89k - 114k$101k$101,161

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range90k - 109k$100k$99,648

    Technology

    Salary Range84k - 114k$99k$98,548
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