Computer Software Engineer Salary

Average Computer Software Engineers in the United States make around $80K per year. Final cash compensation to Computer Software Engineers varies from around $59K to approximately $126K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $5K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most Computer Software Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority (84 percent) of Computer Software Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$59,167 - $122,879
$59K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,467
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50%
90%

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$16.21 - $60.61
$16
$34
$61
MEDIAN: $34.02
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,167 - $122,879  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,128  
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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$58,517 - $125,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$16.21 - $60.61  
   
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
$0.00 - $10,128  
   
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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$58,517 - $125,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • 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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Advancing into a Senior Software Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Computer Software Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $108K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Software Engineer


Survey results imply that Computer Software Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Machine Learning, Java, and Python are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 14 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL, C programming Language, and C. Those proficient in C are, more often than not, also skilled in Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Software Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Computer Software Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $74K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $89K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Software Engineers make a median salary of $99K. 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 $100K.

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Key Stats for Computer Software Engineer

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Computer Software Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

▲23%

▲11%

National Average
$80,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Computer Software Engineer Salaries

Machine Learning
▲30%

▲14%

▲13%

.NET
▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$80,000

Software Development
▼1%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
▼2%

C++
▼3%


C#
▼4%

Linux
▼5%


C
▼7%


SQL
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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