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Software Designer Salary

Average Software Designers in the United States make around $78K annually. The majority of Software Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Software Designers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,804 - $115,437
MEDIAN: $77,862

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$48,804 - $115,437  
$-0.49 - $14,486  
Profit Sharing
$1,700 - $16,500  
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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).
$47,385 - $119,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109

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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.


Software Designer Tasks

  • Write, modify, and debug software.
  • Design and develop application components.
  • Test and document software.
  • Analyze requirements and transform them into technical designs.

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Survey results suggest that Software Designers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in C++, Java, JavaScript, and HTML5 are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C#, .NET, and HTML5. Aptitude in C# tends to also indicate an understanding of C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Designer

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

For many Software Designers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $65K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $83K. Software Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $98K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $101K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


14 %
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 13%