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. In the world of Senior Software Development Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $24K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $81K and $155K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Software Development Engineers. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$79,288 - $143,135
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$79K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $108,831
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$38.92 - $90.58
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$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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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As Senior Software Development Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Software Engineering, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Software Engineering Directors earn $138K on average 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)


Senior Software Development Engineers flock to Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, CSG Systems International Inc, Dell, Inc., and Expedia, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Yahoo! Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $144K. Senior Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Microsoft Corp ($143K), Amazon.com Inc ($135K), and Expedia, Inc. ($121K).

CSG Systems International Inc offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $92K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $87K to $111K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Dell, Inc. ($101K), Thomson Reuters ($115K), and Expedia, Inc. ($121K).

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, 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. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed in 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $119K. Senior Software Development Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $124K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,055

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Home to some of the best pay for Senior Software Development Engineers, Sunnyvale offers exceptional salaries, 41 percent above the national average. Senior Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Redmond (+20 percent), Bellevue (+17 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and San Jose (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (15 percent less) and Austin (3 percent less).

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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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