Senior Software Engineer Salary

The average salary for a Senior Software Engineer is $102,779 per year.

$76,161 - $137,420
(Median)
$76K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,779
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$36.23 - $91.39
(Median)
$36
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$91
MEDIAN: $59.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$76,161 - $137,420  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,846  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $15,989  
Commission
$15.26  
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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$77,540 - $147,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18,811
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$36.23 - $91.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.45  
Overtime
$30.52 - $81.71  
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 - $17,846  
   
Commission
$15.26  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $15,989  
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).
)
$77,540 - $147,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 787
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Job Description for Senior Software Engineer

A senior software engineer typically has a background in computer science, web development, and/or engineering. A bachelor's degree in any of those fields is generally considered a plus, as is experience working in web development. Some abilities they might have are a strong attention to detail, an ability to multitask, and an ability to work independently and on a team. Senior software engineers usually work in an office. They may work with other people to complete projects, but staying focused and working alone is typical.

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Senior Software Engineer Tasks

  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Mentor other employees in development methodologies.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,165

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Senior Software Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Senior Software Engineer?

Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco:
"Cushy Comfortable and Fun."
Pros: I really love my job. Everyone is very casual and the environment is low-stress. I go to work at 11, hang out and have snacks and solve interested problems all day. I really like programming and so I'm lucky to have a job that lets me do it! As I've grown in the organization, I've spent more and more time in meetings. They're good because they let me shape the direction the company is going and make important decisions, but sometimes I feel like I don't get any work done because I'm always in meetings. There are occasional periods of crunch time when it's not as fun, but they're not usually more than a week every couple of months. I'm also very pleased with my compensation.
Cons: I literally can't think of a single bad thing to say about it. They really take care of us. I'm planning on leaving after 3 years because I want to stretch my legs and travel, but I'm so happy with my job.

Senior Software Engineer in New York:
"Enjoyable if it's been your dream."
Pros: It's what I've wanted to do since late middle school/early high school.
Cons: There is a lot of incompetence and red tape, but that probably goes with all white collar environments.

Senior Software Engineer in Westminster:
"Should Be Able To Get."
Pros: I like having the opportunity to be given chunks of work to take ownership of.
Cons: The location in the suburbs isn't very exciting or bike commuter friendly.

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Experience Affects Senior Software Engineer Salaries



National Average
$107,000



Skills That Affect Senior Software Engineer Salaries

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Java
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$107,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2886 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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