Software Designer Salary

Software Designers in the United States take home an average $80K per year. The vast majority (85 percent) of Software Designers who answered the questionnaire are male. Job satisfaction for Software Designers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,488 - $119,138
MEDIAN: $79,615

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$52,488 - $119,138  
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$49,793 - $123,578  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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 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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Survey results suggest that Software Designers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in .NET, C++, Java, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include JavaScript, HTML5, and C#.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

For many Software Designers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $71K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $84K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $101K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $105K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


15 %
85 %

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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 11%