Associate Software Engineer Salary

Median pay for Associate Software Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $63K per year. Overall cash earnings for Associate Software Engineers stretch from $47K on the lower end to $93K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. The vast majority (82 percent) of Associate Software Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. The majority of Associate Software Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$46,615 - $89,353
(Median)
$47K
$63K
$89K
MEDIAN: $62,549
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$16.61 - $39.28
(Median)
$17
$26
$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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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At the upper end, Associate Software Engineers who move into a Senior Software Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Software Engineers is a much higher $106K per year. A common career progression for an Associate Software Engineer is to become a Software Engineer or a Software Developer. Compared to Associate Software Engineers, the first group earns $13K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Associate Software Engineer


Many Associate Software Engineers can be found at Lockheed Martin Corp, Accenture, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and Cognizant, firms that are at the top of the field. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. offers the most; Associate Software Engineers earn $120K on average there. Those in search of high salaries should also consider J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Workday, Inc., and Cognizant, top-paying firms where Associate Software Engineers rake in a very impressive $103K, $100K, or $77K, respectively.

Associate Software Engineers will find the worst pay at Accenture, where the median salary crawls in at $48K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $67K, leaving little room for growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Accenture Technology Solutions ($48K), MasterCard Worldwide ($61K), and Lockheed Martin Corp ($61K).

Popular Skills for Associate Software Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $62K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $80K on average. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $104K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Associate Software Engineers report making only $94K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,511

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Surpassing the national average by 68 percent, Associate Software Engineers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Associate Software Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), Boston (+9 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and Washington (+3 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up 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
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C#
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SQL
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ASP.NET
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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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