Software Developer Salary

A Software Developer earns an average salary of $68,963 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$48,468 - $101,967
$48K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $68,963
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$15.09 - $56.07
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MEDIAN: $27.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,468 - $101,967  
   
Bonus
$488.77 - $10,729  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $9,704  
Commission
$7,250  
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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$46,238 - $106,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11,580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.09 - $56.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$20.68 - $54.75  
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
$488.77 - $10,729  
   
Commission
$7,250  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $9,704  
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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$46,238 - $106,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,406

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Job Description for Software Developer

Software developers develop computer applications that allow users to perform specific tasks on computers or other devices. They may also develop or customize existing systems that run devices or control networks. Most of the time, software developers work in an office. A bachelor's degree in software engineering, computer science, information technology, or other relevant majors is often required. They are required to have relevant job experience.

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Software Developer Tasks

  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Write code to create single-threaded, multi-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,565

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Software Developer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Software Developer?

Software Developer in San Antonio:
"Great job, hard to get into."
Pros: Friendly co-workers, laid back dress code, and I get to do what I enjoy.
Cons: Severely underpaid. Terrible project management. No foresight, everything is reactionary and must be completed ASAP.

Software Developer in Pittsburgh:
"Non-senior Programmer."
Pros: -Even lower end pay is mediocre when compared to other jobs. -Lots of hiring positions. -Potential to work from home (although many employers won't allow this regularly)
Cons: -Bad for physical fitness. -Increased chance of arthritis. -Increased likelihood of bad posture. -Very competitive market (everyone is a programmer now)

Software Developer in New York:
"Corporate culture."
Pros: Flexibility location, multiple clients, new projects, requirements change all the time, so have to learn new stuff.
Cons: Can no learn solid skills, busy on coding, no improving.

Software Developer in Washington:
"Challenging in the most interesting way possible."
Pros: I have the privilege and necessity of learning something new every day. I feel like I get to fully be myself, I.e. I have the autonomy of contributing to the vision of the company in all the aspects for which I take initiative. This includes our product but also our culture and internal processes. And it's fun.
Cons: Our highest company value is hard work, which cultivates a deep sense of responsibility to one another. When you get to understanding how your teammates depend on you, it's hard to not work all the time out of respect for them. This hinders maintaining a normal work-life balance.

Software Developer in Richmond:
"Software Developer."
Pros: I like the freedom that I have with my position. I've been given the responsibility to manage my own time on current projects, and really don't have upper management breathing down my neck. I enjoy being able to explore different solutions to many of the issues that I run into and enjoy being able to see and idea come to live by my skills.
Cons: I dislike the stress that can come with being a software developer. There are many times that clients expect very tight deadlines for a project that requires far more work than they want, which can cause a dip into working late some nights. At my place of work, I also have to keep in direct contact with clients. Though this has its own advantages of expressing issues with the program directly, it also leads to a possibility of being bombarded by pointless emails and constant check-ins for status updates, which can decrease productivity when interruptions happen too often.

Software Developer in Pensacola:
"I love my job."
Pros: I solve problems every day. I love the people that I work for. I love the people that I work with. I love this company.
Cons: I know that I get paid less than other people who do my job.

Software Developer in New York:
"Getting paid to solve puzzles."
Pros: The job is very self motivated and self regulated. For the most part I show up when I feel it is necessary, and I leave when the day's work is done. The pay is great, especially for someone fresh out of undergrad. I feel like I am doing exactly what I was trained to do in school, and I enjoy solving puzzles every day. The flexibility to work from home is also a huge plus.
Cons: I can get bogged down in sitting behind a computer alone for days on end, underutilizing my prized soft skills. Work can sometimes take significantly longer than anticipated, sometimes requiring 12+ hour shifts. Due to the nature of production support I am also on call in the early hours or weekends sometimes.

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Key Stats for Software Developer

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1614 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Software Developer Salaries

▲43%

▲33%

▲15%

National Average
$70,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Software Developer Salaries

▲2%

▲2%

JavaScript
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Java
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C++
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C++ Programming Language
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National Average
$70,000


▼2%


C#
▼3%


▼3%

SQL
▼3%

▼4%

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1614 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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