Junior Software Engineer Salary

Average Junior Software Engineers in the United States make around $54K per year. Total cash compensation to Junior Software Engineers approaches anywhere from $35K on the lower end to $72K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Junior Software Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Junior Software Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,998 - $71,143
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$71K
MEDIAN: $53,744
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90%

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$11.85 - $30.86
(Median)
$12
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,998 - $71,143  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,106  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $5,753  
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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$35,263 - $71,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $30.86  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $44.49  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $5,753  
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).
)
$35,263 - $71,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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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

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Junior Software Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Software Engineer. The average Senior Software Engineer brings home $105K per year. A common career progression for a Junior Software Engineer is to become a Software Engineer or a Software Developer. Compared to Junior Software Engineers, the first group earns $22K more on average, and the second group earns $13K more.

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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, Web Development, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include VB.Net, ASP.NET, and C#. Many workers who know .NET also know C#.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Junior Software Engineers, 47 percent above the national average. Junior Software Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+31 percent), Boston (+24 percent), New York (+20 percent), and Portland (+17 percent). In Salt Lake City, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 32%



National Average
$53,000

Skills That Affect Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Python
up arrow 15%

Java
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
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Web Development
up arrow 2%

Linux
up arrow 1%

C++
0%

MySQL
0%

National Average
$53,000

HTML
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SQL
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up arrow 6%

PHP
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Microsoft SQL Server
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C#
up arrow 7%

ASP.NET
up arrow 12%

VB.Net
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
32%
1-4 years
64%
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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