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Junior Software Engineer Salary

Pay for Junior Software Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $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. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Junior Software Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Junior Software Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,237 - $71,571
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$72K
MEDIAN: $53,897
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$12.04 - $30.56
(Median)
$12
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,237 - $71,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,114  
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $5,781  
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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$35,317 - $72,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $30.56  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $43.51  
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 - $6,114  
   
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $5,781  
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).
)
$35,317 - $72,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178

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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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For Junior Software Engineers, progressing to a Senior Software Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Software Engineer can earn $105K annually. Junior Software Engineers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Software Engineers or Software Developers. The median paychecks in those roles are $22K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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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, Web Development, Java, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ASP.NET, VB.Net, and C#. Competency in .NET frequently indicates knowledge of C#.

Pay Difference by Location


Junior Software Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 47 percent. Junior Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+32 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Portland (+18 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Junior Software Engineers in Salt Lake City make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Workers in Cleveland and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 31%


National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Python
up arrow 18%

Web Development
up arrow 5%

Java
up arrow 2%

JavaScript
up arrow 2%

National Average
$54,000

C++
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Linux
up arrow 2%

MySQL
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 3%

PHP
up arrow 4%

up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 7%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 7%

VB.Net
up arrow 11%

ASP.NET
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
31%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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