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Computer Software Engineer Salary

Computer Software Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $77K annually. In the world of Computer Software Engineers, overall income ranges from $52K near the bottom to $116K at the top; this can include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Computer Software Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$50,933 - $111,408
(Median)
$51K
$77K
$110K
MEDIAN: $77,468
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$13.38 - $72.72
(Median)
$13
$30
$73
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,933 - $111,408  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,502  
Profit Sharing
$7.93 - $10,213  
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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$51,780 - $116,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $72.72  
   
Overtime
$29.09 - $63.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,502  
   
Profit Sharing
$7.93 - $10,213  
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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$51,780 - $116,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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


Computer Software Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Machine Learning and Python are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL and C. The majority of those 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Computer Software Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $71K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $84K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Computer Software Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $94K. Computer Software Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $96K.

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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%



National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer Salaries

Machine Learning
up arrow 33%

Python
up arrow 5%

Software Development
up arrow 2%

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
up arrow 1%

C++
0%

National Average
$79,000

Linux
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 2%

C
up arrow 5%

SQL
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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