Junior Software Engineer Salary

An average Junior Software Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $55K annually. Total cash earnings of Junior Software Engineers range from $36K on the low end to $74K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $5K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority of Junior Software Engineers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Junior Software Engineers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,275 - $73,109
(Median)
$39K
$55K
$73K
MEDIAN: $54,549
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$12.82 - $31.61
(Median)
$13
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,275 - $73,109  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,361  
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $5,400  
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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$36,499 - $74,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,489
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $31.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.43 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,361  
   
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $5,400  
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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$36,499 - $74,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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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

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At the upper end, Junior Software Engineers who move into a Senior Software Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Software Engineers is a much higher $106K per year. It is quite typical for Junior Software Engineers to transition into roles as Software Engineers or Software Developers, where reported median earnings are $22K and $12K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Junior Software Engineer


Junior Software Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Python, Ruby on Rails, Java, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like ASP.NET, C#, and Microsoft SQL Server. C# is a skill commonly found among those who know .NET.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,356

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Junior Software Engineers, 45 percent higher than the national average. Junior Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+44 percent), Boston (+19 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). Salt Lake City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below 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
up arrow 28%



National Average
$54,000

Skills That Affect Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Python
up arrow 14%

Ruby on Rails
up arrow 11%

Java
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

Web Development
0%

Linux
0%

National Average
$54,000

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 3%

MySQL
up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 7%

up arrow 7%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 7%

up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
34%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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