Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salary (United States)

A Software Design Engineer (SDE) earns an average salary of $83,059 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salary (?
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$59,485 - $116,935
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $83,058
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Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salary (?
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$11.28 - $59.91
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MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,485 - $116,935  
   
Bonus
$402.68 - $13,461  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $20,608  
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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$59,419 - $127,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.28 - $59.91  
   
Overtime
$41.27 - $62.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$402.68 - $13,461  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $20,608  
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).
)
$59,419 - $127,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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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$87,000
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Experience Affects Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%
Experienced
up arrow 20%
National Average
$87,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salaries

C#
up arrow 10%
ASP.NET
up arrow 9%
.NET
up arrow 8%
SQL
0%
National Average
$87,000
C++
up arrow 4%
Java
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%