For Software Designers, yearly average wages total $83K annually. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Designers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Software Designers who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,401 - $122,116
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$83K
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MEDIAN: $82,807
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,401 - $122,116  
   
Bonus
$3,000 - $10,988  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$53,799 - $126,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.48  
   
Overtime
$28.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,000 - $10,988  
   
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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$53,799 - $126,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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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

  • 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 Designer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Software Designers. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $70K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $89K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $108K. Software Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $120K on average.

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Experience Affects Software Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$84,000


Skills That Affect Software Designer Salaries

Java
up arrow 13%

.NET
up arrow 10%

C++
up arrow 1%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 1%

National Average
$84,000

C# Programming Language
up arrow 1%

Python
up arrow 3%

C#
up arrow 4%

JavaScript
up arrow 4%

HTML5
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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