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Junior Software Engineer Salary (United States)

Nearly 100 percent of Junior Software Engineers report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $53K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $6K, total cash payment to Junior Software Engineers can bottom out at $35K or peak near $72K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. Junior Software Engineers are largely men, dominating the profession at 83 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Junior Software Engineers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Junior Software Engineer Salary (?
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$38,864 - $71,897
(Median)
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53K
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72K
MEDIAN: $53,003
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Junior Software Engineer Salary (?
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$12.24 - $29.70
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,864 - $71,897  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,097  
Profit Sharing
$446.98 - $6,004  
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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$34,674 - $72,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 928
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $29.70  
   
Overtime
$19.87 - $44.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,097  
   
Profit Sharing
$446.98 - $6,004  
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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$34,674 - $72,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 147
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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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It's not very common for Junior Software Engineers to move on to become Senior Software Engineers. Typical pay for a Senior Software Engineer is $104K annually. When Junior Software Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Software Engineers or Software Developers. Those roles pay an additional $21K and $13K, 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. Fortunate workers who know Python command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ASP.NET, VB.Net, and Microsoft SQL Server. Employees educated in .NET are typically practiced in C#, too.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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Boston
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New York
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Washington
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Portland
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Chicago
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Austin
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Denver
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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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National Average
$52,000
Atlanta
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Cleveland
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Salt Lake City
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Surpassing the national average by 50 percent, Junior Software Engineers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and New York also offer top salaries for Junior Software Engineers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 29 percent, 27 percent, 21 percent, and 17 percent more, respectively. Junior Software Engineers in Salt Lake City make 31 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cleveland (11 percent less) and Atlanta (1 percent less).

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Experience Affects Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$52,000

Skills That Affect Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Python
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Java
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Web Development
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National Average
$52,000
SQL
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JavaScript
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C++
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Linux
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HTML
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.NET
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PHP
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C#
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MySQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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VB.Net
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ASP.NET
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
17%
female alumni
 
Male
83%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%