Computer Software Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Computer Software Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $77K per year nationwide. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Software Engineers can bottom out near $52K or peak near $116K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and tenure. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$51,289 - $111,517

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$13.48 - $67.50

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,289 - $111,517  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,423  
Profit Sharing
$8.14 - $10,101  
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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$52,082 - $116,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.48 - $67.50  
   
Overtime
$29.23 - $63.77  
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 - $12,423  
   
Profit Sharing
$8.14 - $10,101  
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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$52,082 - $116,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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Job Description for Computer Software Engineer

Computer software engineers are responsible for creating and engineering effective software applications based on the project's requirements. They utilize their analytical skills to design programs, scripts, and other code to run efficiently in a variety of system environments. They work with other engineers and software specialists to complete deployments and software products in a timely manner. Additionally, computer software engineers strive to reduce memory consumption in the engineering processes. They use office software to communicate with team members and report their progress to the information technology vice president (and/or other supervisors) in their organization.

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Computer Software Engineer Tasks

  • Maintain existing software programs within a computer information system.
  • Maintain current knowledge of software technology and techniques.
  • Integrate software programs into existing computer information systems.
  • Research, design and develop software for computer information systems.
  • Collaborate with testing team to ensure quality product deliverable.

Common Career Paths for Computer Software Engineer


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Many Computer Software Engineers move into a Senior Software Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $105K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer


Computer Software Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Machine Learning, .NET, and Python are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 11 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL, C, and C#. People who know Java usually also know C# and C. The majority of those who know C++ also know C and C#.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $71K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $84K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Software Engineers make a median salary of $94K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $92K.

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 18%


National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer Salaries

Machine Learning
up arrow 33%

.NET
up arrow 11%

up arrow 5%

Software Development
up arrow 2%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 1%

C++
0%

National Average
$78,000

Linux
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 2%

JavaScript
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 3%

C
up arrow 5%

SQL
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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