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Junior Software Engineer Salary

Average Junior Software Engineers in the United States make around $53K per year. 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 large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Junior Software Engineers is high. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Junior Software Engineers are male. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$39,165 - $71,970
(Median)
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53K
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72K
MEDIAN: $53,341
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$12.15 - $29.81
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,165 - $71,970  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,113  
Profit Sharing
$410.22 - $5,916  
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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$35,052 - $72,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,034
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $29.81  
   
Overtime
$18.38 - $43.82  
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 - $6,113  
   
Profit Sharing
$410.22 - $5,916  
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).
)
$35,052 - $72,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 161
United States (change)

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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Junior Software Engineers who advance into the role of a Senior Software Engineer are fairly uncommon. Senior Software Engineers on average earn $104K per year. Software Engineers or Software Developers are common next-step roles for Junior Software Engineers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Software Engineers is $22K higher on average, and it's $13K higher for Software Developers.

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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, Web Development, Java, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like ASP.NET, VB.Net, and Microsoft SQL Server. Aptitude in .NET tends to also indicate an understanding of C#.

Pay Difference by Location


For Junior Software Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 50 percent greater than the national average. Junior Software Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+32 percent), Boston (+26 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Seattle (+20 percent). Junior Software Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Junior Software Engineers in Salt Lake City bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Cleveland and 1 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 35%


National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Python
up arrow 20%

Web Development
up arrow 6%

Java
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
0%

National Average
$53,000

C++
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Linux
up arrow 3%

.NET
up arrow 5%

MySQL
up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 6%

PHP
up arrow 6%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 8%

VB.Net
up arrow 10%

ASP.NET
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

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%