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Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salary

Men make up the majority of Software Design Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $84K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $14K and $30K, respectively — total cash payment to Software Design Engineers can bottom out near $60K or peak near $131K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Software Design Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,356 - $120,301
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$59K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,869
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$20.27 - $59.18
(Median)
$20
$46
$59
MEDIAN: $46.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,356 - $120,301  
   
Bonus
$-0.48 - $14,453  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $29,590  
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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$59,546 - $131,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $59.18  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.48 - $14,453  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $29,590  
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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$59,546 - $131,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Software Design Engineer (SDE)


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Software Design Engineers sometimes assume positions such as Senior Software Development Engineers. That role pays $106K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Software Design Engineer (SDE)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in .NET, C, ASP.NET, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C++. It is often found that people who know .NET are also skilled in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $75K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $101K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Software Design Engineers see a median salary of $111K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $103K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Software Design Engineers in Redmond receive some of the highest pay in the country. Software Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+20 percent).

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Experience Affects Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 19%


National Average
$87,000


Skills That Affect Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salaries

.NET
up arrow 8%

C
up arrow 5%

ASP.NET
up arrow 4%

C#
up arrow 3%

National Average
$87,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 3%

C++
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 4%
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