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Computer Software Engineer Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Computer Software Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $78K annually nationwide. Total cash compensation to Computer Software Engineers bottoms out near $51K and approaches $115K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $13K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Computer Software Engineers is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Computer Software Engineer Salary (?
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$50,368 - $110,559
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MEDIAN: $77,751
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Computer Software Engineer Salary (?
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$13.00 - $75.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,368 - $110,559  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,409  
Profit Sharing
$56.17 - $10,067  
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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$50,810 - $114,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $75.00  
   
Overtime
$12.16 - $45.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,409  
   
Profit Sharing
$56.17 - $10,067  
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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$50,810 - $114,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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 show that Computer Software Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in JavaScript, C#, C++, and Software Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Java and C. Most people skilled in C are similarly competent in Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Computer Software Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $71K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $85K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Software Engineers make a median salary of $93K. Computer Software Engineers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $108K.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Jose
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San Diego
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Seattle
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National Average
$80,000
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Raleigh
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Atlanta
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Denver
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For Computer Software Engineers, Santa Clara provides a pay rate that is 48 percent greater than the national average. Computer Software Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+46 percent) and San Diego (+9 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Denver and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$80,000

Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer Salaries

JavaScript
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C#
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C++
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Software Development
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National Average
$80,000
Python
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
95%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%