Software Designer Salary

For Software Designers, yearly average wages total $77K annually. Most Software Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Software Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,282 - $118,043
(Median)
$49K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,467
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$49,282 - $118,043  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $12,365  
Profit Sharing
$2,358 - $3,084  
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$47,923 - $121,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.

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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++, .NET, and HTML5 are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C#, JavaScript, and HTML5. Competency in C# frequently indicates knowledge of C++.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $66K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $83K. Software Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $98K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $102K.

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Experience Affects Software Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Software Designer Salaries

Java
up arrow 3%

C++
up arrow 1%

National Average
$81,000

.NET
up arrow 5%

JavaScript
up arrow 12%

HTML5
up arrow 12%

C#
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 13%
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