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Software Designer Salary

Software Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $78K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Software Designers (89 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,624 - $115,887
MEDIAN: $78,135

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$48,624 - $115,887  
$-0.49 - $14,544  
Profit Sharing
$1,700 - $16,500  
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).
$47,042 - $120,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106

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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.


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 results show that Software Designers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in C++, Java, .NET, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include C#, HTML5, and JavaScript.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $83K. For Software Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $98K. Software Designers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $101K.

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Job Satisfaction

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


11 %
89 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 13%