Junior Software Engineer Salary

The average Junior Software Engineer in the United States earns approximately $55K per year. Cash earnings for Junior Software Engineers — including $6K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $36K to $74K depending on individual performance. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Junior Software Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Junior Software Engineers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,275 - $73,109
(Median)
$39K
$55K
$73K
MEDIAN: $54,549
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$12.82 - $31.61
(Median)
$13
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,275 - $73,109  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,361  
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $5,400  
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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$36,499 - $74,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,489
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $31.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.43 - $45.62  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,361  
   
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $5,400  
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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$36,499 - $74,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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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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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 $106K per year. Junior Software Engineers most often move into positions as Software Engineers or Software Developers; those groups report median salaries that are $22K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Junior Software Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Python, Ruby on Rails, Java, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ASP.NET, C#, and Microsoft SQL Server. Competency in .NET frequently indicates knowledge of C#.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,356

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

Junior Software Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. Junior Software Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+44 percent), Boston (+19 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Salt Lake City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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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
up arrow 28%



National Average
$54,000

Skills That Affect Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Python
up arrow 14%

Ruby on Rails
up arrow 11%

Java
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

Web Development
0%

Linux
0%

National Average
$54,000

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 3%

MySQL
up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 7%

up arrow 7%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 7%

up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
34%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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