Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salary (United States)

A Software Design Engineer (SDE) earns an average salary of $84,134 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Software Design Engineer (SDE) Total Pay (?
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$58,662 - $117,560
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $84,133
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Software Design Engineer (SDE) Total Pay (?
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$11.35 - $59.67
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MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,662 - $117,560  
   
Bonus
$490.94 - $14,681  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $17,114  
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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$58,574 - $127,863  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 267
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.35 - $59.67  
   
Overtime
$30.00 - $62.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$490.94 - $14,681  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $17,114  
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).
)
$58,574 - $127,863  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 267
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Job Description for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

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Pay Difference By Location

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Seattle
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National Average
$88,000
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Experience Affects Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%
Experienced
up arrow 20%
National Average
$88,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salaries

C#
up arrow 10%
.NET
up arrow 7%
ASP.NET
up arrow 6%
National Average
$88,000
SQL
up arrow 2%
C++
up arrow 3%
Java
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%
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