Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) is $102,846 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs. A skill in Linux is associated with high pay for this job.
Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Total Pay (?
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$73,543 - $135,222
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MEDIAN: $102,845
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Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Total Pay (?
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$36.14 - $76.60
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MEDIAN: $51.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,543 - $135,222  
   
Bonus
$49.66 - $20,020  
Profit Sharing
$999 - $14,414  
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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$75,556 - $148,036  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,386
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$36.14 - $76.60  
   
Overtime
$19.87 - $72.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$49.66 - $20,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$999 - $14,414  
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).
)
$75,556 - $148,036  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,386
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Job Description for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Senior software development engineers typically develop and upgrade computer operating systems and application software. As experienced members of software development teams, they often perform a lead role in software development projects. Many senior software development engineers work for information technology (IT) companies, developing computer operating system software for computers and computer networks. Other senior software development engineers work for specific software publishers, creating applications for personal, business, and educational users. Across the field, the senior software development engineer's primary task is developing software that provides its users with consistent, high-quality performance.
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Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Tasks
  • Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Test and document software for web sites.
  • Work with with designers and content producers.

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Pay Difference By Location

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$107,000
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Experience Affects Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

National Average
$107,000

Skills That Affect Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

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C++
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$107,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%
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