Earnings for Junior Software Engineers in the United States come in at around $57K annually on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Junior Software Engineers can bottom out near $39K or peak near $76K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Junior Software Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Junior Software Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,217 - $74,936
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$57K
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MEDIAN: $57,130
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$13.57 - $34.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$40,217 - $74,936  
   
Bonus
$201.19 - $7,387  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $5,135  
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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$38,694 - $75,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,282
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.57 - $34.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$12.77 - $51.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$201.19 - $7,387  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $5,135  
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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$38,694 - $75,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 183

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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

  • Assist with research and develop; design software systems and applications.
  • Write C#, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and other computer code
  • Perform engineering level tests to find defects; troubleshoot and debug development and production issues.
  • 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.

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 $108K annually. 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 $73K.

Popular Skills for Junior Software Engineer


Survey results imply that Junior Software Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at 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. .NET and C# are also commonly seen together.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,757

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

For Junior Software Engineers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Junior Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+17 percent), New York (+17 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Junior Software Engineer's salary, with Dayton Junior Software Engineers earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Employers in Dallas and Raleigh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Junior Software Engineer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Junior Software Engineer

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.
Less than 1 year
36%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
0%
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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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
36%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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