Entry-Level Software Developers take home approximately $64K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Software Developers varies from $43K to $95K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K each. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Entry-Level Software Developers are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$46,291 - $92,506
$46K
$64K
$93K
MEDIAN: $64,390
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$14.61 - $41.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$46,291 - $92,506  
   
Bonus
$348.07 - $10,012  
Profit Sharing
$193.47 - $9,645  
Commission
$6,104  
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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$43,288 - $95,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8,472
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.61 - $41.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$20.14 - $52.23  
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
$348.07 - $10,012  
   
Commission
$6,104  
Profit Sharing
$193.47 - $9,645  
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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$43,288 - $95,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,039

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General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Amazon.com Inc, Usaa Insurance, and Booz, Allen, and Hamilton are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Software Developers. Microsoft Corp does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $120K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $61K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $147K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Amazon.com Inc, Epic Systems, Corporation, and Slalom Consulting, where Entry-Level Software Developers typically earn around $107K, $99K, or $91K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $57K (less than half of the top paying company's rate), Accenture lags significantly in the earnings department. General Motors Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company and Booz, Allen, and Hamilton are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $65K, $66K, and $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,611

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Software Developers, 54 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Software Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), New York (+25 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). Columbus is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 6 percent. Denver and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively.

Software Developer Advice

Q: 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.

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.

Key Stats for Software Developer

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1158 votes.
073
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
11%
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1158 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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