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.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,017 - $87,754  
   
Bonus
$514 - $9,815  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,899  
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$47,914 - $90,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 960
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.00 - $38.02  
   
Overtime
$28.31 - $49.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$514 - $9,815  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,899  
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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$47,914 - $90,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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.

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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

National Average: $64,563

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

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Experience Affects Associate Software Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
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$65,000


Skills That Affect Associate Software Engineer Salaries

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C
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Software Development
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Java
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JavaScript
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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