Junior Software Engineer Salary

Junior Software Engineers in the United States take home an average $54K annually. Overall cash earnings for Junior Software Engineers stretch from $35K on the lower end to $72K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Male Junior Software Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,095 - $71,242
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$71K
MEDIAN: $53,827
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50%
90%

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$11.91 - $30.94
(Median)
$12
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$39,095 - $71,242  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,103  
Profit Sharing
$395.94 - $5,719  
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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$35,366 - $71,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $30.94  
   
Overtime
$18.12 - $44.38  
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 - $6,103  
   
Profit Sharing
$395.94 - $5,719  
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).
)
$35,366 - $71,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
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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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Junior Software Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Software Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $105K annually. Junior Software Engineers most often move into positions as Software Engineers or Software Developers; those groups report median salaries that are $22K higher and $13K 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, Java, Web Development, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include VB.Net, ASP.NET, and C#. Those with knowledge of .NET tend to be skilled in C# as well.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Junior Software Engineers that is 46 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Junior Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+31 percent), Boston (+24 percent), New York (+20 percent), and Portland (+17 percent). Salt Lake City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent.

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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 31%



National Average
$53,000

Skills That Affect Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Python
up arrow 16%

Java
up arrow 3%

Web Development
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
up arrow 2%

Linux
up arrow 2%

MySQL
up arrow 1%

C++
0%

National Average
$53,000

HTML
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 3%

PHP
up arrow 5%

Microsoft SQL Server
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up arrow 6%

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
18 %
Male
82 %

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: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 11%
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