Senior Application Specialist: Salary Insights

We were recently engaged by a client to conduct a search for a Senior Software Engineer. Our client is a B2B software vendor providing end-to-end employee journey solutions for the HR industry, with a large footprint in a specialized vertical. This privately held company has been in business for about 15 years, and employs approximately 40 people. 

Our client was looking for a full-stack developer to work on both the front and back ends of their product. They were looking for someone with a background in, C#, and SQL development who could take the design layout from the senior UX designer and execute the implementation. In addition, they needed a candidate who had the communication skills for a client facing role, who could create client specific solutions. 

We presented a range of candidates to our client: 

The SQL Superstar: Base salary of $95K, plus a variable bonus and benefits.

  • Strong full stack developer, with 5+ years in
  • Experienced working with the latest SQL servers, working in an agile environment. 
  • Strong client-facing communication skills, and project management experience. 


The Experienced Engineer: Base salary of $100K. 

  • 10+ years of progressive experience in full stack development. 
  • Outstanding technical skills, including previous experience as a UI architect. 
  • Strong subject matter expertise in the client’s vertical. 


The Architecture Ace: Base salary of $120K (working as a contractor). 

  • Strong technical background aligned to our client’s needs. 
  • Previous experience as a solutions architect, working on both the front and back end. 
  • Looking to transition from contract work to a full-time position in the GTA. 


The Hire: Base salary of $80K, plus a bonus and stock options. 

  • Relatively early in their career, with impressive results. 
  • Built 2 fully functional dashboards in 3 years. 
  • Strong technical skills and full stack development experience. 
  • Looking for an opportunity to further expand their skill set while solving complex problems. 


To attract the candidate they hired, our client offered a base salary of $105K, a 15% bonus, and 3 weeks vacation. 

As you can see, compensation for these candidates varies significantly based on the length and scope of experience, as well as their ability to thrive in similar environments.

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For organizations and job seekers alike, it can be challenging to understand what a particular position should pay. Often, it’s a calculation between salary surveys that lack all context, what a person has earned in the past, and ad hoc conversations with others in the field.

We’re sharing market insights into current compensation packages for key roles in the tech industry. Our recruiters conduct targeted searches on behalf of our clients, seeking out candidates who fit the requirements of the role, and diligently qualifying them to present only the very best talent. These posts are meant to highlight the contextual elements that make up compensation, and to help our clients and candidates better understand the current market forces that affect earning potential.

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