Computer Software Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Computer Software Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $77K per year. In the world of Computer Software Engineers, overall income ranges from $52K near the bottom to $116K at the top; this can include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Computer Software Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,164 - $111,832
(Median)
$51K
$77K
$110K
MEDIAN: $77,405
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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
$51,164 - $111,832  
   
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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$51,909 - $116,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 330
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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$51,909 - $116,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


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 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include SQL and C. Those who learned Java also tend to know C# and C. Those educated in C++ tend to be well versed in C and C#.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $71K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $84K. On average, Computer Software Engineers make $94K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Computer Software Engineers report making only $92K on average.

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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%

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
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National Average
$78,000

C++
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Java
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Linux
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C#
up arrow 3%

C
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SQL
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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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