Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary

Senior Software Development Engineers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $114K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash earnings of Senior Software Development Engineers range from $81K on the low end to $165K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $21K and $40K, respectively. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Men make up the vast majority of Senior Software Development Engineers (87 percent) who took the survey. Work is enjoyable for Senior Software Development Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$79,746 - $150,114
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MEDIAN: $113,711
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$28.50 - $92.11
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MEDIAN: $63.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$79,746 - $150,114  
   
Bonus
$1,001 - $21,383  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $39,732  
Total Pay (?
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$81,463 - $165,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 397
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$28.50 - $92.11  
   
Overtime
$55.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,001 - $21,383  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $39,732  
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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$81,463 - $165,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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 server applications.
  • Write code to create multi-threaded, networked server applications.
  • Use source debuggers, program dumps, and performance monitoring tools.
  • Test and document software for server applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.

Common Career Paths for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)


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Senior Software Development Engineers may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Software Engineering, which pays $139K on average annually. Senior Software Development Engineers most often advance into Lead Software Development Engineer and Software Development Manager positions even though the median salaries are $15K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Amazon.com Inc, CSG Systems International Inc, Microsoft Corp, Expedia, Inc., and Yahoo! Inc. are all popular places to work. Senior Software Development Engineers flock to Amazon.com Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $158K lead the pack in compensation; however, Amazon.com Inc also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $111K at one end to $207K at the other end. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Microsoft Corp, Yahoo! Inc., and Expedia, Inc., top-paying firms where Senior Software Development Engineers rake in a very impressive $151K, $144K, or $121K, respectively.

CSG Systems International Inc employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $92K, 72 percent lower than the top payer. Dell, Inc., Thomson Reuters and Expedia, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $109K, $115K, and $121K.

Popular Skills for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Survey takers working as Senior Software Development Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in C++ Programming Language, Java, C++, and C are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include ASP.NET Framework, Microsoft SQL Server, and ASP.NET. Most people experienced in .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 Senior Software Development Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $96K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $112K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $123K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $125K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $118,846

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

Senior Software Development Engineers will find that Sunnyvale offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Senior Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Redmond (+26 percent), Bellevue (+22 percent), San Jose (+21 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Software Development Engineers in Indianapolis earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Bloomfield and Miami (24 percent lower and 22 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

▲5%

▲3%

National Average
$119,000

▼6%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries


▲11%

C++
▲3%

National Average
$119,000

C
▼1%


▼4%

SQL
▼5%

▼6%

C#
▼7%

▼7%

▼10%

▼11%

▼12%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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