Software Developer Salary

A Software Developer earns an average salary of $68,082 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$46,373 - $100,501
(Median)
$46K
$68K
$100K
MEDIAN: $68,082
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$15.05 - $60.58
(Median)
$15
$29
$61
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,373 - $100,501  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,279  
Profit Sharing
$394.85 - $9,777  
Commission
$1,800  
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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$44,894 - $106,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16,204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.05 - $60.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.33  
Overtime
$19.26 - $55.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,279  
   
Commission
$1,800  
Profit Sharing
$394.85 - $9,777  
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).
)
$44,894 - $106,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,837
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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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,985

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Software Developer Reviews

What is it like working as a Software Developer?

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.

Software Developer in Baton Rouge:
Pros: Relaxed atmosphere, tasks are project oriented, the tasks involve designing something (web or windows applications with databases)
Cons: The job can be exhausting mentally.

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Experience Affects Software Developer Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Software Developer Salaries

Oracle
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Python
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Linux
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C++
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Java
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National Average
$69,000

C#
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.NET
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JavaScript
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ASP.NET
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Microsoft SQL Server
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SQL
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HTML
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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2605 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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