Updated August 22, 2022

Average Senior Systems Engineer Salary

$108,121yearly

To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More
$51.98 hourly

Entry level Salary
$82,000 yearly
$82,000
10 %
$108,121
Median
$141,000
90 %

How much does a Senior Systems Engineer make?

Senior systems engineers make $108,121 per year on average, or $51.98 per hour, in the United States. Senior systems engineers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $82,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $141,000.

Location impacts how much a senior systems engineer can expect to make. Senior systems engineers make the most in Washington, California, Oregon, Vermont, and Idaho.

Highest Paying States For Senior Systems Engineers

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

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Senior Systems Engineer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Washington$126,311$60.731,864
2Oregon$113,621$54.631,076
3California$122,979$59.128,529
4Vermont$106,751$51.32169
5New Hampshire$104,250$50.12396
6Nevada$106,495$51.20383
7Idaho$106,705$51.30291
8District of Columbia$108,308$52.07730
9Massachusetts$104,474$50.231,975
10Nebraska$100,785$48.45404
11Virginia$102,069$49.073,913
12Texas$98,541$47.384,517
13Maine$104,149$50.07189
14New York$105,658$50.802,550
15Maryland$102,393$49.232,374
16Wyoming$96,379$46.34128
17Arizona$97,514$46.881,481
18Pennsylvania$98,041$47.141,975
19New Mexico$97,021$46.64431
20Tennessee$98,965$47.58724
21Rhode Island$95,760$46.04271
22Connecticut$99,729$47.95621
23Michigan$95,894$46.101,309
24Alaska$98,877$47.54158
25Minnesota$96,070$46.191,279
26North Dakota$95,291$45.81163
27Utah$93,235$44.82811
28Hawaii$106,651$51.27142
29Wisconsin$95,980$46.14776
30Delaware$95,731$46.02235
31Colorado$94,341$45.361,868
32Ohio$93,645$45.021,528
33New Jersey$98,113$47.171,400
34Alabama$90,556$43.541,052
35Florida$95,031$45.692,893
36Iowa$94,548$45.46467
37Illinois$94,681$45.522,144
38North Carolina$92,428$44.441,813
39Arkansas$92,414$44.43347
40South Carolina$93,589$44.99606
41Georgia$92,985$44.701,691
42South Dakota$90,812$43.66162
43Montana$92,553$44.50199
44West Virginia$88,708$42.65226
45Missouri$88,030$42.32861
46Kentucky$86,364$41.52402
47Kansas$85,809$41.25433
48Indiana$84,817$40.78901
49Mississippi$82,896$39.85260
50Oklahoma$83,347$40.07365
51Louisiana$84,195$40.48346

Highest Paying Cities For Senior Systems Engineers

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Redwood City, CA$132,069$63.49
2Seattle, WA$127,007$61.06
3Washington, DC$108,413$52.12
4New York, NY$105,882$50.90
5Boston, MA$104,507$50.24
6Annapolis, MD$102,716$49.38
7Springfield, VA$102,613$49.33
8Bellevue, NE$100,856$48.49
9Austin, TX$100,224$48.18
10Philadelphia, PA$98,692$47.45
11Memphis, TN$98,439$47.33
12Middletown, NJ$98,272$47.25
13Phoenix, AZ$97,482$46.87
14Washington, MI$96,132$46.22
15Minneapolis, MN$96,128$46.22

Senior Systems Engineer Salary Details

Average Senior Systems Engineer Salary Graph
Average Senior Systems Engineer Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Senior Systems Engineer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$141,000$11,750$68
75th Percentile$124,000$10,333$60
Average$108,121$9,010$52
25th Percentile$93,000$7,750$45
10th Percentile$82,000$6,833$39

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Systems Integrator$102,867$8,572$49.4698,466
Lead Engineer$84,927$7,077$40.83301,777
Team Lead Engineer$114,867$9,572$55.22235,155
Systems Integration Engineer$106,065$8,839$50.99217,599
Systems Manager$107,156$8,930$51.52145,551
Solutions Engineer$95,482$7,957$45.91123,287

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Walmart Jobs (162)
  2. AT&T Jobs (181)
  3. T-Mobile Jobs (399)
  4. The Home Depot Jobs (126)
  5. Dell Jobs (121)

Which Companies Pay Senior Systems Engineers The Most?

The highest paying companies for senior systems engineers are Roku and Cloudflare according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Netflix and Google report highly competitive wages for senior systems engineers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Roku$178,187$85.6711
2Cloudflare$166,846$80.215
3Netflix$163,945$78.8216
4Google$161,545$77.67210
5CrowdStrike$161,097$77.4558
6Snowflake Computing$158,037$75.9877
7Conning$156,633$75.30
8Atlassian$153,992$74.0359
9eBay$153,553$73.82376
10Microsoft$152,219$73.18411
11Quantcast$151,948$73.051
12Box$151,230$72.7115
13VerticalResponse$149,931$72.08
14Palo Alto Networks$149,193$71.73217
15NVIDIA$147,794$71.05345
16Apple$147,504$70.92690
17The Walt Disney Company$147,241$70.79374
18Sumo Logic$147,212$70.786
19Dotdash$147,173$70.7634
20Uber Technologies$146,999$70.67

How Much Do Senior Systems Engineers Make In Different Industries?

Senior systems engineer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the retail, automotive, and telecommunication industries tend to offer much higher salaries for senior systems engineers. For example, senior systems engineers make a whopping average salary of $116,608 while working in the retail industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $113,102 in the automotive industry and $110,127 in the telecommunication industry.

Senior systems engineers may want to avoid working in the technology industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $100,437.

Highest Paying Industries For Senior Systems Engineers

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Retail$116,608$56.06
2Automotive$113,102$54.38
3Telecommunication$110,127$52.95
4Professional$108,356$52.09
5Health Care$108,059$51.95
6Finance$107,947$51.90
7Manufacturing$106,419$51.16
8Technology$100,437$48.29

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Senior Systems Engineer Salary Trends

Average Senior Systems Engineer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Senior Systems Engineer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$108,000$51.98+3.3%
    2021$105,000$50.27+2.3%
    2020$102,000$49.13+2.2%
    2019$100,000$48.06+0.7%
    2018$99,300$47.73+1.2%

    Recently Added Senior Systems Engineer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    General DynamicsSenior Systems Engineer (Data Analytics)San Jose, CA07/26/2022$134,500
    DispatchhealthSenior System EngineerSan Francisco, CA07/26/2022$140,000
    PeratonSR. Cyber Systems EngineerColorado Springs, CO07/26/2022$79,900
    PeratonSenior Systems EngineerAnnapolis, MD07/26/2022$91,000
    Affinity Executive SearchSenior Systems EngineerFarmington Hills, MI07/26/2022$115,000
    General DynamicsSenior Systems EngineerFairfax, VA07/26/2022$95,218
    General DynamicsMuos Senior Systems EngineerScottsdale, AZ07/26/2022$142,800
    Shi CorporationCorp SR. Systems EngineerAustin, TX07/26/2022$135,000
    BoeingSenior Systems Engineer-Missile Defense National TeamNew Hope, AL07/25/2022$99,000
    CybercodersSenior Systems EngineerAddison, TX07/25/2022$140,000

    Senior Systems Engineer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Senior Systems Engineers the most?

    Washington pays Senior Systems Engineers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $126,311 per year, or $60.73 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Senior Systems Engineer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Senior Systems Engineer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $122,979 per year.

    What type of Senior Systems Engineer gets paid the most?

    Principal Systems Engineer gets paid the most. Principal Systems Engineer made a median salary of $133,208. The best-paid 10 percent make $156,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $113,000.

    Are systems engineers in high demand?

    Yes, systems engineers are in high demand, but this demand is largely concentrated in specific locations and industries.

    Business processes are becoming increasingly more complex. And, as businesses expand into international markets, there is a growing need for systems engineers with the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to manage all the moving parts.

    Does systems engineering pay well?

    Yes, systems engineering pays well. The average annual salary for systems engineers is just over $70,000, with the top 10% earning over $90,000. The average entry-level pay is $56,000.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the 2020 average annual salary for all occupations at just under $60,000. The average annual salary for all engineers sits just under $80,000. So, systems engineers are making over $10,000 more annually than all other occupations but almost $10,000 less than other engineering professionals.

    How much do systems engineers make?

    Systems engineers make an annual average salary of $72,795, or $35 an hour. The average starting salary is $56,000. The highest-paid systems engineers work in San Francisco and in the telecommunication industry.

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