Computer Software Engineer Salary

Earnings for Computer Software Engineers in the United States come in at around $82K annually on average. In the world of Computer Software Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $59K and $125K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $5K, respectively. While the specific employer and years of experience impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Computer Software Engineers are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,353 - $123,068
$60K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,635
10%
50%
90%

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$16.11 - $60.82
$16
$36
$61
MEDIAN: $36.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,353 - $123,068  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $10,199  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$59,195 - $125,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$16.11 - $60.82  
   
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
$484.79 - $10,199  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$59,195 - $125,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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

  • Research, design and develop software for computer information systems.
  • Collaborate with testing team to ensure quality product deliverable.
  • Collaborate with a cross-functional team consisting of customers, business analysts, finance, and software testing to analyze requirements and feasibility of the software design and development project.
  • Maintain existing software programs within a computer information system.
  • Maintain current knowledge of software technology and techniques.

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 results imply that Computer Software Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Python, Machine Learning, and Java are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 26 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL, C, and C programming Language. Those proficient in C are, more often than not, also skilled in Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Computer Software Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Software Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 98 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Software Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Computer Software Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 31 salaries. A Computer Software Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 6 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,678

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Santa Clara offers some of the highest pay in the country for Computer Software Engineers, 40 percent above the national average. Computer Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+35 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), Mountain View (+23 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Raleigh and Denver (13 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Computer Software Engineer

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer Salaries

▲20%

▲15%

Late-Career
▲10%

National Average
$83,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer Salaries

▲33%

Machine Learning
▲26%

▲20%

▲4%

.NET
▲3%

National Average
$83,000

Software Development
▼3%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
▼4%


C++
▼6%

C#
▼6%


C
▼9%


▼9%

SQL
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 8%