An average Computer Software Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $79K annually. Total cash earnings of Computer Software Engineers range from $54K on the low end to $123K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Software Engineers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Computer Software Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 88 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,181 - $120,346
(Median)
$55K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,591
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$14.19 - $59.18
(Median)
$14
$33
$59
MEDIAN: $32.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,181 - $120,346  
   
Bonus
$246.58 - $10,189  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$54,238 - $122,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 225
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $59.18  
   
Overtime
$63.56  
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
$246.58 - $10,189  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$54,238 - $122,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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 $108K 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, Python, and Java are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include SQL, C programming Language, and C. 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $73K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $86K. Computer Software Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $99K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $98K.

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 25%


National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer Salaries

Machine Learning
up arrow 33%

up arrow 12%

up arrow 9%

.NET
up arrow 8%


Software Development
up arrow 2%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 1%

National Average
$79,000

C++
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 1%

Linux
up arrow 2%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 3%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 3%

C
up arrow 5%


SQL
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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