Associate Software Engineer Salary

The average Associate Software Engineer in the United States earns approximately $63K annually. Total cash earnings of Associate Software Engineers range from $47K on the low end to $93K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $9K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Associate Software Engineers (82 percent) who took the survey. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$46,615 - $89,353
(Median)
$47K
$63K
$89K
MEDIAN: $62,549
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$16.61 - $39.28
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$17
$26
$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$46,615 - $89,353  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,857  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $8,877  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$46,960 - $93,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.61 - $39.28  
   
Overtime
$28.79 - $49.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,857  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $8,877  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$46,960 - $93,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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Job Description for Associate Software Engineer

Associate software engineers may work in developing software either as a product for use by the public or for private use within a business. While they tend to be on the lower or beginner rungs of their particular industry, companies in need of software engineers will often hire them due to the fact that they are more affordable than more senior software engineers. However, working as an associate software engineer is usually a stepping stone to higher positions and fulfilling careers in software engineering.

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Associate Software Engineer Tasks

  • Develop coding and design tasks to ensure software meets specified performance and reliability requirements.
  • Conduct systems programming and systems support activities.
  • Design, deploy and support best in class software development processes and tools.
  • Define the module specific requirements for software development projects.

Common Career Paths for Associate Software Engineer


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Associate Software Engineers who go on to become Senior Software Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Software Engineers is $106K annually. Typical career progression for an Associate Software Engineer involves becoming a Software Engineer or a Software Developer, roles that pay $13K more and $3K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Associate Software Engineer


Lockheed Martin Corp, Accenture, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and Cognizant are top-notch employers for Associate Software Engineers in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. offers the most; Associate Software Engineers earn $120K on average there. Associate Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) ($103K), Workday, Inc. ($100K), and Cognizant ($77K).

With a reported median salary of only $48K, Accenture easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are less than half of the top paying company's rate. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Accenture Technology Solutions ($48K), MasterCard Worldwide ($61K), and Lockheed Martin Corp ($61K).

Popular Skills for Associate Software Engineer


Associate Software Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, Java/J2EE, Python, and C are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include ASP.NET, C#, and SQL. .NET and C# are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Software Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $62K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $80K on average. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $104K. For some reason, Associate Software Engineers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $94K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,511

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Associate Software Engineers, New York provides a pay rate that is 68 percent greater than the national average. Associate Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+25 percent), Boston (+9 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and Washington (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 14 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Pittsburgh (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Associate Software Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 63%

Late-Career
up arrow 49%


National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Associate Software Engineer Salaries

Linux
up arrow 9%


Python
up arrow 7%

C
up arrow 2%

JavaScript
0%

Software Development
0%

National Average
$64,000

C++
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 2%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 3%

PHP
up arrow 4%

.NET
up arrow 5%

HTML
up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 6%

SQL
up arrow 6%

ASP.NET
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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