Junior Software Engineer Salary

Junior Software Engineers in the United States take home approximately $54K annually on average. In the world of Junior Software Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $35K and $72K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Junior Software Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Junior Software Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,119 - $71,261

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$12.01 - $30.94

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,119 - $71,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,103  
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $5,134  
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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$35,440 - $71,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.01 - $30.94  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $44.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,103  
   
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $5,134  
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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$35,440 - $71,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
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Job Description for Junior Software Engineer

A junior software engineer designs codes for new software and also modifies current software. They are responsible for correcting defects and debugging software. They also recommend changes to existing software, as well as develop ideas for implementing future software. A junior software engineer must be able to keep up with rapidly changing computer technology. They must be proficient in Java-based applications, as well as work with a team of other engineers and/or information technology (IT) professionals. Junior software engineers must be able to do custom development, integrate older tools and technologies, and continuously build their own skills. They must be able to research and analyze existing programs and assist in preparing documentation for work assignments. They also conduct regular quality assurance activities such as a peer review and during meetings.

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Junior Software Engineer Tasks

  • Work closely with the team, and report clearly and accurately to management.
  • Troubleshoot, test and validate software issues; resolve issues with due urgency and maintain thorough documentation of all software solutions.
  • Perform engineering level tests to find defects; troubleshoot and debug development and production issues.
  • Assist with research and develop; design software systems and applications.
  • Write C#, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and other computer code

Common Career Paths for Junior Software Engineer


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At the upper end, Junior Software Engineers who move into a Senior Software Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Software Engineers is a much higher $105K per year. Career advancement for the typical Junior Software Engineer often leads to becoming a Software Engineer or a Software Developer; median salaries in these positions are $22K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Junior Software Engineer


Junior Software Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Python, Java, JavaScript, and Web Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include VB.Net, ASP.NET, and C#. C# is a skill commonly found among those who know .NET.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Junior Software Engineers, 47 percent higher than the national average. Junior Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+32 percent), Boston (+24 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Portland (+18 percent). Salt Lake City is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average.

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What is it like working as a Junior Software Engineer?

Junior Software Engineer in Providence:
"Technical Intern."
Pros: There is plenty of technology to learn. Fidelity invest heavily in their technologist/technology.
Cons: The job can be slow at times due to lack of work or time available from more senior members of the team.

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Experience Affects Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$53,000

Skills That Affect Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Python
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Java
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JavaScript
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Web Development
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Linux
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C++
0%

MySQL
0%

National Average
$53,000

SQL
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HTML
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C#
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Microsoft SQL Server
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PHP
up arrow 6%

ASP.NET
up arrow 11%

VB.Net
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
32%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 11%
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