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Senior Systems Engineer Salary

National Average
$55,000 $111,107 /year $159,500
$53 /hour
National Average
$4,583 $9,258 /month $13,292
$53 /hour
National Average
$1,058 $2,136 /week $3,067
$53 /hour
National Average
$26.44 $53 /hour $76.68
Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $145,500 $12,125 $2,798 $70
75th Percentile $126,500 $10,541 $2,432 $61
Average $111,107 $9,258 $2,136 $53
25th Percentile $91,000 $7,583 $1,750 $44
Senior Systems Engineer Salary Comparison by Location
United States
Ashburn, VA

How much does a Senior Systems Engineer make?

As of May 19, 2022, the average annual pay for a Senior Systems Engineer in the United States is $111,107 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $53.42 an hour. This is the equivalent of $2,137/week or $9,259/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $159,500 and as low as $55,000, the majority of Senior Systems Engineer salaries currently range between $91,000 (25th percentile) to $126,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $145,500 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a Senior Systems Engineer varies greatly (by as much as $35,500), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Senior Systems Engineer job market in both Ashburn, VA and the surrounding area is very active. A Senior Systems Engineer in your area makes on average $114,196 per year, or $3,089 (3%) more than the national average annual salary of $111,107. Virginia ranks number 24 out of 50 states nationwide for Senior Systems Engineer salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Senior Systems Engineer jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as a Senior Systems Engineer on ZipRecruiter today.

What are Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Senior Systems Engineer Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a Senior Systems Engineer job is above the national average. Topping the list is Sunnyvale, CA, with Santa Cruz, CA and Santa Rosa, CA close behind in the second and third positions. Santa Rosa, CA beats the national average by $17,345 (15.6%), and Sunnyvale, CA furthers that trend with another $21,534 (19.4%) above the $111,107 average.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a Senior Systems Engineer appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 7% between Sunnyvale, CA and Arlington, VA, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a Senior Systems Engineer role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Sunnyvale, CA$132,642$11,053$2,551$63.77
Santa Cruz, CA$131,415$10,951$2,527$63.18
Santa Rosa, CA$128,452$10,704$2,470$61.76
Livermore, CA$128,295$10,691$2,467$61.68
Williston, ND$125,864$10,489$2,420$60.51
Manhattan, NY$125,534$10,461$2,414$60.35
Barnstable Town, MA$124,560$10,380$2,395$59.88
Cambridge, MA$124,331$10,361$2,391$59.77
San Mateo, CA$123,379$10,282$2,373$59.32
Arlington, VA$123,282$10,273$2,371$59.27

What are Top 5 Best Paying Related Senior Systems Engineer Jobs in the U.S.

We found at least five jobs related to the Senior Systems Engineer job category that pay more per year than a typical Senior Systems Engineer salary. Top examples of these roles include: Cyber Systems Engineer, Systems Engineer IV, and Senior Cloud Systems Engineer.

Importantly, all of these jobs are paid between $14,557 (13.1%) and $39,793 (35.8%) more than the average Senior Systems Engineer salary of $111,107. If you’re qualified, getting hired for one of these related Senior Systems Engineer jobs may help you make more money than that of the average Senior Systems Engineer position.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Cyber Systems Engineer$150,900$12,575$2,902$72.55
Systems Engineer IV$137,972$11,498$2,653$66.33
Senior Cloud Systems Engineer$129,436$10,786$2,489$62.23
Staff Systems Engineer$127,917$10,660$2,460$61.50
Principle Systems Engineer$125,664$10,472$2,417$60.42
About Our Data
ZipRecruiter salary estimates, histograms, trends and comparisons are derived from both employer job postings and third party data sources.
Data used to develop this report includes ADP data. ADP is an exclusive provider of employee payroll data for ZipRecruiter.