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Software Designer Salary

Software Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $78K annually. Men account for the majority of Software Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Software Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,984 - $117,483
MEDIAN: $77,663

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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).
$47,629 - $121,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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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Software Designers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, C++, JavaScript, and HTML5 are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include C#, .NET, and HTML5. It is not unusual for someone who knows C# to be familiar with C++ as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Designer

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

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $64K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $84K. Software Designers bring in $98K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $99K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 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: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 13%