Computer Software Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Computer Software Engineers earn an average of $77K annually. Total cash earnings of Computer Software Engineers range from $52K on the low end to $116K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $13K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,147 - $111,877
(Median)
$51K
$77K
$110K
MEDIAN: $77,329
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$13.48 - $67.50
(Median)
$13
$30
$68
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,147 - $111,877  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,523  
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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$51,886 - $116,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 329
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.48 - $67.50  
   
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 - $12,523  
   
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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$51,886 - $116,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Advancing into a Senior Software Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Computer Software Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger 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 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SQL and C. Most people experienced in C also know Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $71K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $84K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Software Engineers make a median salary of $94K. For some reason, Computer Software Engineers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $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 7%

Software Development
up arrow 2%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 1%

National Average
$78,000

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

C++
up arrow 2%

Java
up arrow 2%

Linux
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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