Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salary

Software Design Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $84K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Design Engineers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$66,023 - $124,979
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$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,733
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$23.55 - $64.75
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MEDIAN: $48.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,023 - $124,979  
   
Bonus
$1,925 - $21,447  
Total Pay (?
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$60,820 - $139,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$23.55 - $64.75  
   
Overtime
$36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,925 - $21,447  
   
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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$60,820 - $139,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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Job Description for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

A software design engineer (SDE) is a key member of a software development company. He or she helps identify problems and figures out how to create programs that will automate or ease those situations. Typically, the design engineer will look at existing processes and then work to design or refine software to increase the efficiency or ulity of users. This can involve creating a new product or iterating on existing software products to improve them.

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Software Design Engineer (SDE) Tasks

  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Software Design Engineer (SDE)


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Software Design Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Software Engineer. The average Senior Software Engineer brings home $108K per year.

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Popular Skills for Software Design Engineer (SDE)


Survey results imply that Software Design Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in C#, .NET, ASP.NET, and C are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, C++ Programming Language, and SQL. Competency in .NET frequently indicates knowledge of C#.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

Pay by Experience for a Software Design Engineer (SDE) has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Design Engineer (SDE) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 47 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Design 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 $83,000 based on 24 salaries. An experienced Software Design Engineer (SDE) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 9 salaries. A Software Design 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 $103,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,827

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Software Design Engineers, 39 percent above the national average. Software Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Redmond (+11 percent).

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Key Stats for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
11%
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Experience Affects Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

▲17%

National Average
$86,000

▼4%

▼5%

Skills That Affect Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salaries

C#
▲17%

▲11%

ASP.NET
▲5%

C
▲2%

C# Programming Language
▲2%

National Average
$86,000

Java
▼3%

C++
▼7%

SQL
▼11%


Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 18%
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