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Junior Software Engineer Salary

The average Junior Software Engineer in the United States earns approximately $54K per year. Incomes of Junior Software Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $6K cause paychecks to spread between $35K on the low end and $72K on the high end. Geographic location and career length 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. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men make up the vast majority of Junior Software Engineers (83 percent) who took the survey. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,254 - $71,589
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$72K
MEDIAN: $53,727
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90%

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$12.03 - $30.27
(Median)
$12
$20
$30
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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,254 - $71,589  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,079  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $5,854  
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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$35,308 - $72,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.03 - $30.27  
   
Overtime
$11.00 - $43.62  
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 - $6,079  
   
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $5,854  
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).
)
$35,308 - $72,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172

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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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As Junior Software Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Software Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Software Engineers earn $105K on average 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 $13K higher per year.

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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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ASP.NET, VB.Net, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those with knowledge of .NET tend to be skilled in C# as well.

Pay Difference by Location


For Junior Software Engineers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Junior Software Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+30 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Junior Software Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Junior Software Engineers in Salt Lake City bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Cleveland and 3 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 32%


National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Python
up arrow 17%

Web Development
up arrow 4%

Java
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

MySQL
0%

National Average
$53,000

C++
up arrow 1%

Linux
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 3%

PHP
up arrow 4%

.NET
up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 6%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 7%

VB.Net
up arrow 10%

ASP.NET
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
31%
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: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%