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

Senior Systems Software Engineer Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$121,000
$95,000
$121,000
$156,000
Senior systems software engineers in the United States make an average salary of $121,902 per year or $58.61 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $95,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $156,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Washington, Texas, Oregon, and Utah provide the highest senior systems software engineer salaries.
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Where Senior Systems Software Engineers Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do Senior Systems Software Engineers Earn In Different Cities?

While a senior systems software engineer can average a salary of $121,902 per year, or $58.61 per hour, there are many opportunities for senior systems software engineers to make more. For example, in San Francisco, CA you might make $148,765 per year. Other high-paying locations include Seattle, WA, Austin, TX and Beaverton, OR. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Francisco, CA where the average starting salary is $103,000. The highest paying states for senior systems software engineers include California, Washington and Texas. Meanwhile, Indiana, North Dakota, and Hawaii offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range122k - 180k$149k$148,765

Seattle, WA

Salary Range116k - 161k$137k$136,836

Austin, TX

Salary Range98k - 134k$115k$114,789

Beaverton, OR

Salary Range95k - 133k$113k$113,176

New York, NY

Salary Range90k - 135k$111k$110,533

Boston, MA

Salary Range88k - 130k$108k$107,760

Durham, NC

Salary Range88k - 130k$107k$107,348

Ashburn, VA

Salary Range85k - 127k$105k$104,626

Boulder, CO

Salary Range87k - 123k$104k$104,260

Piscataway, NJ

Salary Range82k - 123k$101k$100,736
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High Paying Senior Systems Software Engineer Jobs

Which Companies Pay Senior Systems Software Engineers The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Twitter and Bloomberg as they offer the highest salaries for senior systems software engineers.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Twitter
Salary Range163k - 185k$174k$174,173
Bloomberg
Salary Range146k - 172k$159k$158,975
Apple
Salary Range142k - 175k$158k$158,255
Sanmina
Salary Range142k - 174k$158k$157,724
QuickLogic
Salary Range143k - 168k$155k$155,417
Xerox
Salary Range138k - 172k$155k$154,534
Barclays Global Investors
Salary Range140k - 168k$154k$154,188
Activision Blizzard
Salary Range138k - 171k$154k$153,927
CyberCoders
Salary Range138k - 169k$153k$153,306
Salesforce
Salary Range136k - 169k$152k$152,054
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Senior Systems Software Engineer Salary History

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    Recently Added Senior Systems Software Engineer Salaries

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    $85,001
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    Ione, OR
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    01/14/2021
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    $119,000
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    SR Software Engineer .NET Core With Cloud Services-Contract To
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    Charlotte, NC
    Charlotte, NC
    12/18/2020
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    $93,915
    $93,915
    12/18/2020
    Management Decisions, Inc.
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    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    12/04/2020
    12/04/2020
    $187,830
    $187,830
    12/04/2020
    Engineer Senior, Software Systems
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    Charlottesville, VA
    Charlottesville, VA
    11/23/2020
    11/23/2020
    $70,749
    $70,749
    11/23/2020
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    Senior Software Engineer/Python/Distributed Systems/Mountain View
    Senior Software Engineer/Python/Distributed Systems/Mountain View
    Senior Software Engineer/Python/Distributed Systems/Mountain View
    San Jose, CA
    San Jose, CA
    10/20/2020
    10/20/2020
    $180,000
    $180,000
    10/20/2020
    Edinburg Independent School District
    Edinburg Independent School District
    Senior Systems and Software Development Engineer
    Senior Systems and Software Development Engineer
    Senior Systems and Software Development Engineer
    Edinburg, TX
    Edinburg, TX
    10/08/2020
    10/08/2020
    $74,867
    $74,867
    10/08/2020
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Senior Software Engineer/.NET Core/Distributed Systems/AWS
    Senior Software Engineer/.NET Core/Distributed Systems/AWS
    Senior Software Engineer/.NET Core/Distributed Systems/AWS
    Irvine, CA
    Irvine, CA
    09/26/2020
    09/26/2020
    $120,000
    $120,000
    09/26/2020
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Senior Software Engineer-Scala, Distributed Systems Work
    Senior Software Engineer-Scala, Distributed Systems Work
    Senior Software Engineer-Scala, Distributed Systems Work
    Andover, MA
    Andover, MA
    09/22/2020
    09/22/2020
    $200,000
    $200,000
    09/22/2020
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Senior Software Engineers/Java 8/Contract To
    Senior Software Engineers/Java 8/Contract To
    Senior Software Engineers/Java 8/Contract To
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Scottsdale, AZ
    08/28/2020
    08/28/2020
    $135,655
    $135,655
    08/28/2020