Associate Software Engineer Salary
The average Associate Software Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $64K annually. Overall cash earnings of Associate Software Engineers stretch from $48K near the bottom to $91K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. The vast majority of Associate Software Engineers (81 percent) survey respondents are men. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
Associate software engineers must be trained in reading and using different programming languages such as Java or C++. As lower level engineers, associate software engineers often work under software engineers and are involved in testing new software programs or making relatively small changes to preexisting programs. The initial design and creation of these programs is usually left to the engineers that are higher up on the department hierarchy. They also usually work in an office setting (in a cubicle, conference room, etc.) and are generally part of a team of other associate software engineers. Tools for work are a computer and computer programs, telephone, pen and paper, code editors, and other normal office supplies. They usually work Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Educational requirements for this position are usually a bachelor's degree in software engineering or computer science. One to three years of experience in the field is a common requirement for associate software engineers as well.
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
Associate Software Engineers who transition into a Senior Software Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $108K per year. Associate Software Engineers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Software Engineers or Software Developers. The median paychecks in those roles are $13K higher and $3K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Associate Software Engineer
Lockheed Martin Corp, Accenture, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), and Accenture Technology Solutions are all popular places to work. For Associate Software Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $118K, the highest in the area. Other leaders in compensation levels are J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) at $105K, Workday, Inc. at $97K, and Cognizant, where Associate Software Engineers annually earn $85K.
Considering that the median salary at Accenture is a shallow $48K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying company's rate. Accenture Technology Solutions, MasterCard Worldwide and Medtronic, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $49K, $61K, and $62K.
Popular Skills for Associate Software Engineer
Associate Software Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Python, Software Development, C programming Language, and C are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include ASP.NET, C#, and HTML. Those with knowledge of .NET tend to be skilled in C# as well.
Pay by Experience Level for Associate Software Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $64K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $73K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $94K. Associate Software Engineers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $88K.
Pay Difference by Location
New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Associate Software Engineers, 53 percent above the national average. Associate Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+45 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Irvine (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Seattle is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Atlanta and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).