Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary

Salaries for Senior Software Development Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($109K) per year. Final cash compensation to Senior Software Development Engineers varies from around $81K to approximately $155K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $24K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$79,288 - $143,135
(Median)
$79K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $108,831
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$38.92 - $90.58
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$39
$56
$91
MEDIAN: $56.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$79,288 - $143,135  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,354  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $23,992  
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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$80,518 - $155,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,359
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$38.92 - $90.58  
   
Overtime
$4.86 - $76.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,354  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $23,992  
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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$80,518 - $155,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)


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Senior Software Development Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Software Engineering. The average Software Engineering brings home $138K per year. Becoming a Lead Software Development Engineer or a Software Development Manager is often the next step for a Senior Software Development Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, CSG Systems International Inc, Dell, Inc., and Expedia, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Senior Software Development Engineers. For Senior Software Development Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Yahoo! Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $144K, the highest in the area. Other big spenders include Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, and Expedia, Inc., top-paying firms where Senior Software Development Engineers see paychecks nearing $143K, $135K, or $121K.

The lowest salaries can be found at CSG Systems International Inc — median pay is $92K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $87K and only reaching $111K. Dell, Inc., Thomson Reuters and Expedia, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $101K, $115K, and $121K.

Popular Skills for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Survey results imply that Senior Software Development Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, Linux, Java, and C are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft SQL Server, ASP.NET, and Oracle. Most people who know .NET also know C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Senior Software Development Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $98K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $107K. Senior Software Development Engineers see a median salary of $119K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $124K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,055

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

For those looking to make money, Senior Software Development Engineers in Sunnyvale enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Senior Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+20 percent), Bellevue (+17 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and San Jose (+14 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Austin (15 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries



National Average
$113,000



Skills That Affect Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

C++
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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