Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary

Generous salaries abound for Senior Software Development Engineers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($115K) per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Software Development Engineers range from $83K on the low end to $168K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $22K and $40K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Senior Software Development Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 87 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$80,964 - $151,472
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MEDIAN: $115,432
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$28.34 - $92.98
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MEDIAN: $62.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$80,964 - $151,472  
   
Bonus
$1,004 - $22,324  
Profit Sharing
$3,400 - $40,000  
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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$82,657 - $167,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 376
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$28.34 - $92.98  
   
Overtime
$55.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,004 - $22,324  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,400 - $40,000  
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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$82,657 - $167,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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 who transition into new roles such as Software Engineering may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Software Engineering earns $139K per year. Senior Software Development Engineers most frequently become Lead Software Development Engineers and Software Development Managers even though median compensation is $16K lower and $5K 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 top-notch employers for Senior Software Development Engineers in this area. Amazon.com Inc does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $158K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $111K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $207K. Microsoft Corp, Yahoo! Inc., and Expedia, Inc. also offer top salaries for Senior Software Development Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $151K, $144K, and $121K, respectively.

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. Employees at Dell, Inc., Thomson Reuters, and Expedia, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ASP.NET Framework, Microsoft SQL Server, and ASP.NET. The majority of those who know .NET also know C++.

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

Pay by Experience for a Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 63 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 179 salaries. An experienced Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 204 salaries. A Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 76 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $120,131

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Sunnyvale is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Software Development Engineers, 33 percent higher than the national average. Senior Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+25 percent), Bellevue (+20 percent), San Jose (+20 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Senior Software Development Engineers in Indianapolis make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Bloomfield (25 percent less) and Miami (23 percent less).

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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
30%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$120,000

▼7%

▼20%

Skills That Affect Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries


▲10%

C++
▲2%

National Average
$120,000

C
▼2%


▼5%

SQL
▼6%

▼7%

C#
▼8%

▼8%

▼11%

▼12%

▼13%



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
30%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 8%
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