Software Designer Salary

For Software Designers, yearly average wages total $81K annually. The majority of Software Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Software Designers survey respondents are men (77 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,596 - $124,495
$53K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,911
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90%

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$19.26 - $39.31
$28
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,596 - $124,495  
   
Bonus
$3,907 - $11,836  
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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$51,097 - $128,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.00  
   
Overtime
$33.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,907 - $11,836  
   
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).
)
$51,097 - $128,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8
© PayScale, Inc. @ www.payscale.com

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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

  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Software Designer

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


Software Designers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $69K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $88K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $111K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $120K.

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Key Stats for Software Designer

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Software Designer Salaries

Late-Career
▲50%

Experienced
▲39%

Mid-Career
▲10%

National Average
$80,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Software Designer Salaries

JavaScript
▲17%

.NET
▲16%

C++ Programming Language
▲7%

C++
▲5%

Java
▲5%

C#
▲1%

Python
▲1%

C# Programming Language
▼0%

National Average
$80,000

HTML5
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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