Entry-Level Software Developer Salary

The average Entry-Level Software Developer can expect to rake in roughly $62K per year. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Software Developers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing — stretch from around $42K to approximately $93K. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-Level Software Developers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$43,722 - $90,400
(Median)
$44K
$62K
$90K
MEDIAN: $62,448
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$14.39 - $42.40
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$14
$25
$42
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$43,722 - $90,400  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,999  
Profit Sharing
$385.96 - $8,620  
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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$41,757 - $93,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11,102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $42.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.33  
Overtime
$18.38 - $50.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,999  
   
Profit Sharing
$385.96 - $8,620  
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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$41,757 - $93,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,260
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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Software Developers include General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Amazon.com Inc, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Microsoft Corp. Bloomberg LP offers the best pay with a median salary of $116K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $92K and maxing out at just $147K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, and Cisco Systems Inc, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Software Developers rake in a very impressive $109K, $100K, or $100K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $63K (just about half of the top paying company's median), General Motors Corporation lags significantly in the earnings department. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Hewlett-Packard Company ($64K), Accenture ($64K), and Booz, Allen, and Hamilton ($65K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,076

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Software Developers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Software Developers will also find cushy salaries in Madison (+34 percent), Seattle (+31 percent), New York (+25 percent), and Boston (+19 percent). Minneapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent.

Software Developer Advice

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

Software Developer in Phoenix:
"Software development is a grind."
The pace is fast, customers rarely understand the job complexity and all deadlines only move up.

Software Developer in Lee's Summit:
"Be Prepared To Learn."
Always learn new things. Try out new things. Set up new servers, build a website from scratch, test out a new language, test another one, build a new software tool. Read technical articles. Play logic games. Keep moving forward.

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.

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Skills That Affect Software Developer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1646 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Common Health Benefits

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