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Software Designer Salary

A sizeable majority of Software Designers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $76K annually. Work is enjoyable for Software Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$48,060 - $114,178
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $76,294
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National Salary Data

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$48,060 - $114,178  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,865  
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).
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$46,175 - $120,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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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Survey takers who work as Software Designers report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know C++ can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 34 percent above average. Those listing C# as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. .NET and JavaScript also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Designer

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $58K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $78K. Software Designers bring in $97K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $96K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Software Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$76,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Software Designer Salaries

C++
up arrow 34%

Java
up arrow 1%

National Average
$76,000

JavaScript
up arrow 12%

.NET
up arrow 27%

C#
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 13%