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Entry-Level Software Developer Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Software Developers come in at around $61K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Software Developers stretch from $41K on the lower end to $89K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Entry-Level Software Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$41,841 - $86,581
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$42K
$61K
$87K
MEDIAN: $60,676
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$13.93 - $40.80
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$41,841 - $86,581  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,832  
Profit Sharing
$479.59 - $6,971  
Commission
$0.00 - $31,538  
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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$40,710 - $89,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 8,931
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.93 - $40.80  
   
Overtime
$17.38 - $48.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,832  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $31,538  
Profit Sharing
$479.59 - $6,971  
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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$40,710 - $89,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,074
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Software Developer


General Motors Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Microsoft Corp, and Amazon.com Inc are all popular places to work. Although the highest salaries can be found at Bloomberg LP where median pay is $111K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $80K and $135K. Also paying near the top of the field are Microsoft Corp at $106K, Amazon.com Inc at $93K, and Oracle Corp., where Entry-Level Software Developers annually earn $92K.

Also approaching the lower end are Hewlett-Packard Company at $60K, Accenture at $60K, and General Motors Corporation at $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Entry-Level Software Developers that is 35 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Software Developers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent), New York (+26 percent), Madison (+24 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). With compensation 3 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Software Developer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Software Developer in Portland:
"Get Involved with the Community!"
Join meet ups. Seriously, half of finding a good job is who you know.

Software Developer in Spokane:
"Don't sell yourself short, but have realistic expectations."
Negotiate for what you want...don't accept the initial offer without a counter offer. Also, be weary and don't accept promises that aren't in writing. At the same time don't expect to make top money right out of th gate.

Software Developer in Milton:
"Don't get old."
After you're 40, you're considered a has-been who knows nothing about current technology.

Software Developer in Claremont:
"Keep Yourself Up To Date."
Update yourself constantly by visiting technology sites, channels, groups.... etc.

Software Developer in Eden Prairie:
Specialize in the development practices that are in demand and become an expert. Ex. C# MVVM Become invaluable to the company you are working and you will be rewarded.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Software Developer Salaries

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Java
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National Average
$61,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1971 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 11%