Earnings for Computer Software Applications Engineers in the United States come in at around $71K annually on average. Total cash earnings of Computer Software Applications Engineers range from $45K on the low end to $111K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $127K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Software Applications Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Though the majority of Computer Software Applications Engineers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$48,318 - $107,446
(Median)
$48K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,250
10%
50%
90%

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$14.38 - $78.30
(Median)
$14
$34
$78
MEDIAN: $34.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,318 - $107,446  
   
Bonus
$300.67 - $10,284  
Profit Sharing
$250.22 - $127,233  
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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$44,557 - $111,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$14.38 - $78.30  
   
Overtime
$19.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$300.67 - $10,284  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.22 - $127,233  
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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$44,557 - $111,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Job Description for Computer Software Engineer, Applications

Computer software engineers of applications develop information systems and design and develop computer programs, primarily by writing computer codes and installing software. They may be responsible for ensuring that their company's computer security programs are up-to-date, and are often required to customize existing web-based software. Working with outside vendors to test and approve products may also be necessary.

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Computer Software Engineer, Applications Tasks

  • Write code to generate web pages, access databases and business logic servers.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.
  • Test and document software for web sites.
  • Work with with designers and content producers.
  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.

Common Career Paths for Computer Software Engineer, Applications


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Computer Software Applications Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Software Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $94K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer, Applications


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with PL/SQL, Oracle, and .NET are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 24 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include JavaScript and Java. The majority of those who know C++ also know C# and HTML.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer, Applications

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


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $67K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $78K. For Computer Software Applications Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $96K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $94K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer, Applications Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 31%


National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer, Applications Salaries

PL/SQL
up arrow 26%

Oracle
up arrow 24%


up arrow 12%

C#
up arrow 8%

ASP.NET
up arrow 8%

C++
up arrow 7%

SQL
up arrow 7%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%

ASP.NET Framework
up arrow 3%

C++ Programming Language
0%

UNIX
0%

National Average
$72,000

HTML
up arrow 2%

Java
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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