The average Junior Software Engineer in the United States earns approximately $57K per year. Total cash earnings of Junior Software Engineers range from $38K on the low end to $75K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $7K and $5K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the company and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Junior Software Engineers are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$40,256 - $74,327
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$74K
MEDIAN: $56,895
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$12.85 - $34.35
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$13
$22
$34
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$40,256 - $74,327  
   
Bonus
$197.74 - $7,250  
Profit Sharing
$51.52 - $5,068  
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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$38,446 - $75,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.85 - $34.35  
   
Overtime
$12.77 - $49.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$197.74 - $7,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$51.52 - $5,068  
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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$38,446 - $75,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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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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As Junior Software Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Software Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Software Engineers earn $108K on average per year. Junior Software Engineers typically move into roles as Software Engineers or Software Developers, and those positions pay $21K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Junior Software Engineer


Leidos leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $59K.

Popular Skills for Junior Software Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Python, C++ Programming Language, Linux, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ASP.NET, C#, and C# Programming Language. Many workers who know .NET also know C#.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,508

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 40 percent. Junior Software Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Junior Software Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Junior Software Engineers in Dayton bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than 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
$57,000

Skills That Affect Junior Software Engineer Salaries

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Linux
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Java
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$57,000

JavaScript
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C++
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SQL
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ASP.NET Framework
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
36%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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