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 $77K per year. Total cash earnings of Computer Software Engineers range from $52K on the low end to $114K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $13K and $10K, respectively. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Computer Software Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$50,877 - $109,883
(Median)
$51K
$77K
$110K
MEDIAN: $76,676
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90%

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$13.18 - $73.97
(Median)
$13
$30
$74
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,877 - $109,883  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,611  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $10,304  
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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$51,550 - $114,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $73.97  
   
Overtime
$12.16 - $45.02  
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 - $12,611  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $10,304  
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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$51,550 - $114,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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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.

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Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer


Survey results imply that Computer Software Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Software Development, C++, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, and Python are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include JavaScript and C. Those proficient in C are, more often than not, also skilled in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $70K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $83K. Computer Software Engineers see a median salary of $93K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Computer Software Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $96K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%



National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer Salaries

C++
up arrow 3%

Software Development
up arrow 3%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 2%

National Average
$78,000

Java
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 1%

Python
up arrow 1%

Linux
up arrow 1%

C
up arrow 4%

JavaScript
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%