Software Designer Salary

Software Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $78K 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. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of Software Designers are male. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,859 - $118,043

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$49,859 - $118,043  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $12,365  
Profit Sharing
$2,358 - $3,084  
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$48,586 - $121,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Java, C++, .NET, and HTML5 are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C#, JavaScript, and HTML5.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Designer

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


Software Designers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $67K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $83K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $98K. Software Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $102K.

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Experience Affects Software Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Software Designer Salaries

Java
up arrow 2%

C++
up arrow 1%

National Average
$81,000

.NET
up arrow 5%

HTML5
up arrow 12%

JavaScript
up arrow 13%

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
11%
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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