Computer Software Engineer Salary

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. Final cash compensation to Computer Software Engineers varies from around $53K to approximately $119K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $10K, respectively. While years of experience and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Computer Software Engineers is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took 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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Software Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $106K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their 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 seem to negatively impact pay include SQL, C, and Linux. Most people familiar with 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.


Computer Software Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $72K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $85K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Software Engineers make a median salary of $97K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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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