For Software Designers, annual average wages total $83K per year. For the most part, Software Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Designers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,318 - $123,417
$54K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,527
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90%

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$19.26 - $39.31
$28
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,318 - $123,417  
   
Bonus
$3,890 - $11,129  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$50,893 - $128,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.00  
   
Overtime
$33.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,890 - $11,129  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$50,893 - $128,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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Job Description for Software Designer

The software designer uses their knowledge of programming and development to design new software, shepherding it through the development process and adjusting the overall focus as needed with the assistance and feedback of developers, programmers, and testers. The software designer's job mainly entails designing software and iterating its methodology, answering questions such as how the program will work, how it will fit alongside other software used by target users, how easy users will find it, and how effective it will be at achieving the vision originally imagined by the designer.

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Software Designer 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Software Designer

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


Software Designers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $70K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $88K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $111K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $120K.

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Key Stats for Software Designer

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Software Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$83,000


Skills That Affect Software Designer Salaries

Java
up arrow 14%

JavaScript
up arrow 13%

.NET
up arrow 11%

C++
up arrow 1%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 1%

National Average
$83,000

C# Programming Language
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 3%

Python
up arrow 3%

HTML5
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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