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Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary

Wages for Senior Software Development Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($106K) per year. Final cash compensation to Senior Software Development Engineers varies from around $78K to approximately $151K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $15K, respectively. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$76,544 - $139,232
(Median)
$77K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $105,819
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$38.84 - $83.33
(Median)
$39
$55
$83
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$76,544 - $139,232  
   
Bonus
$2.00 - $19,983  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $14,795  
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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$78,108 - $151,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,368
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$38.84 - $83.33  
   
Overtime
$5.30 - $73.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2.00 - $19,983  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $14,795  
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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$78,108 - $151,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Software Development Engineers move into roles as Senior Software Architects, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $121K per year. A Lead Software Development Engineer role is the most common promotion for Senior Software Development Engineers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $103K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Senior Software Development Engineers is a Software Development Manager position, where earnings are usually $112K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Senior Software Development Engineers include Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, CSG Systems International Inc, Dell, Inc., and Expedia, Inc. Yahoo! Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $144K. Also paying near the top of the field are Microsoft Corp at $138K, Amazon.com Inc at $133K, and Expedia, Inc., where Senior Software Development Engineers annually earn $121K.

CSG Systems International Inc doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $95K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $110K and scope of pay is rather limited. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dell, Inc. ($103K), Thomson Reuters ($115K), and Expedia, Inc. ($121K).

Popular Skills for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Senior Software Development Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, Linux, C, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft SQL Server, ASP.NET, and Oracle. Those familiar with .NET also tend to 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.


Senior Software Development Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $97K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $104K. For Senior Software Development Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $117K. Senior Software Development Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $122K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Software Development Engineers, Sunnyvale offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Senior Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+23 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), Irvine (+17 percent), and San Jose (+15 percent). Senior Software Development Engineers in Houston make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in Atlanta and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries



National Average
$110,000



Skills That Affect Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

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National Average
$110,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%
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