Software Designer Salary

Software Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $78K per year. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Designers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Software Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$52,851 - $121,521
$53K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,678
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50%
90%

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$19.00 - $30.52
$26
MEDIAN: $26.00
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$0$124K
Salary $52,851 - $121,521
Bonus $3,871 - $12,000
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$51,289 - $124,917
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 60
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $26.00
Overtime $33.75
Annual Data $0$124K
Bonus $3,871 - $12,000
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$51,289 - $124,917
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 7

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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

Pay by Experience for a Software Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 48 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 18 salaries. An experienced Software Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 10 salaries. A Software Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 5 salaries.

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Key Stats for Software Designer

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Software Designer Salaries

Late-Career
▲56%

Experienced
▲45%

Mid-Career
▲14%

National Average
$77,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Software Designer Salaries

JavaScript
▲22%

.NET
▲20%

C++ Programming Language
▲11%

C++
▲10%

Java
▲9%

C#
▲5%

Python
▲5%

C# Programming Language
▲4%

National Average
$77,000

HTML5
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 9%
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