Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary

Average pay for a Senior Software Development Engineer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $107K per year. In the world of Senior Software Development Engineers, overall income ranges from $79K near the bottom to $152K at the top; this can include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Work is enjoyable for Senior Software Development Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$77,014 - $140,073
(Median)
$77K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $106,608
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$38.78 - $83.84
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$39
$55
$84
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$77,014 - $140,073  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,039  
Profit Sharing
$982 - $14,544  
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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$78,642 - $152,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,344
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Hourly Rate
$38.78 - $83.84  
   
Overtime
$5.21 - $72.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,039  
   
Profit Sharing
$982 - $14,544  
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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$78,642 - $152,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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 who go on to become Software Engineering Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Software Engineering Directors is $136K annually. A Lead Software Development Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Software Development Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $103K on average. The Software Development Manager position is another common transition for Senior Software Development Engineers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $113K mark.

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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of 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 leaders in compensation levels are Microsoft Corp at $140K, Amazon.com Inc at $133K, and Expedia, Inc., where Senior Software Development Engineers annually earn $121K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $87K to just $111K — but CSG Systems International Inc offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $92K. Dell, Inc., Thomson Reuters, and Expedia, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($104K, $115K, and $121K respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Senior Software Development Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, Linux, C, and Java/J2EE are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft SQL Server, ASP.NET, and Oracle. For most people, competency in .NET indicates knowledge of C++.

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

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $98K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $105K. On average, Senior Software Development Engineers make $117K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $122K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Software Development Engineers in Sunnyvale enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Senior Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+23 percent), San Francisco (+18 percent), Irvine (+17 percent), and San Jose (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 18 percent below the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries



National Average
$111,000



Skills That Affect Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

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JavaScript
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$111,000

UNIX
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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