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Computer Software Engineer Salary

Computer Software Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $77K per year. Cash earnings for Computer Software Engineers — which occasionally include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $52K to approximately $116K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Software Engineers. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$51,007 - $111,503
(Median)
$51K
$77K
$110K
MEDIAN: $77,468
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$13.38 - $72.72
(Median)
$13
$30
$73
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,007 - $111,503  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,320  
Profit Sharing
$7.93 - $10,213  
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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$51,835 - $116,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 313
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $72.72  
   
Overtime
$29.09 - $63.99  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,320  
   
Profit Sharing
$7.93 - $10,213  
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).
)
$51,835 - $116,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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 and C. Those familiar with C also tend to know Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer

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


For Computer Software Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $71K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $84K. For Computer Software Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $93K. Computer Software Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $96K.

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%



National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer Salaries

Machine Learning
up arrow 33%

.NET
up arrow 11%

Python
up arrow 5%

Software Development
up arrow 2%

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 1%

National Average
$79,000

C++
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 2%

Linux
up arrow 2%

C
up arrow 5%

SQL
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 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: 64% employee benefits None: 8%
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