Computer Software Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Software Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $78K per year. Total incomes of Computer Software Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $53K and $119K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the specific company are driving factors as well. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$52,381 - $114,609
(Median)
$52K
$78K
$110K
MEDIAN: $78,433
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$13.81 - $60.82
(Median)
$14
$30
$61
MEDIAN: $29.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,381 - $114,609  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,458  
Profit Sharing
$0.36 - $10,033  
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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$53,247 - $118,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 410
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $60.82  
   
Overtime
$29.59 - $79.46  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,458  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.36 - $10,033  
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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$53,247 - $118,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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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Computer Software Engineers often transition into Senior Software Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Software Engineers earn $106K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer


Survey results imply that Computer Software Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Lucky workers who know Machine Learning can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. .NET and JavaScript are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 7 percent and 32 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include SQL, C, and Linux. Most people who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $72K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $85K. Computer Software Engineers see a median salary of $97K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Computer Software Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $102K.

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%



National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer Salaries

Machine Learning
up arrow 32%


.NET
up arrow 7%

up arrow 6%

Software Development
up arrow 1%

Java
0%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
0%

National Average
$79,000

C++
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 3%

Linux
up arrow 3%

C
up arrow 6%

SQL
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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