Computer Software Engineer Salary

Computer Software Engineers in the United States take home approximately $80K per year on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Computer Software Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. There are far more male Computer Software Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 80 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,966 - $122,430
$60K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,099
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50%
90%

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$17.00 - $55.73
$39
MEDIAN: $39.00
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$0$124K
Salary $59,966 - $122,430
Bonus $487.96 - $10,304
Profit Sharing $2,000
Total Pay (?
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$59,081 - $124,333
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 97
Hourly Data $0$80
Hourly Rate $39.00
Overtime $80.00
Annual Data $0$124K
Bonus $487.96 - $10,304
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$59,081 - $124,333
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 7

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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

  • Research, design and develop software for computer information systems.
  • Collaborate with testing team to ensure quality product deliverable.
  • Collaborate with a cross-functional team consisting of customers, business analysts, finance, and software testing to analyze requirements and feasibility of the software design and development project.
  • Maintain existing software programs within a computer information system.
  • Maintain current knowledge of software technology and techniques.

Common Career Paths for Computer Software Engineer


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Computer Software 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 $108K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Python, Machine Learning, and Java are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 28 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SQL, C, and C programming Language. The majority of those who know C also know Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Computer Software Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Software Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 98 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Software Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Computer Software Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 31 salaries. A Computer Software Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 6 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,935

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

For Computer Software Engineers, working in the bustling city of Santa Clara has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Computer Software Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+36 percent), San Francisco (+27 percent), Mountain View (+24 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Employers in Raleigh and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent less).

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Key Stats for Computer Software Engineer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer Salaries

▲21%

▲16%

Late-Career
▲11%

National Average
$82,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer Salaries

▲34%

Machine Learning
▲28%

▲21%

▲5%

.NET
▲4%

National Average
$82,000

Software Development
▼2%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
▼3%


C++
▼5%

C#
▼5%



▼8%

C
▼9%

SQL
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
no benefits
None: 7%
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