Entry-Level Software Developer Salary

Entry-Level Software Developers take home approximately $62K per year on average. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Software Developers varies from around $41K to approximately $91K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $7K, respectively. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Entry-Level Software Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$43,002 - $88,163
(Median)
$43K
$62K
$88K
MEDIAN: $61,503
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$13.92 - $42.52
(Median)
$14
$24
$43
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,002 - $88,163  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,875  
Profit Sharing
$363.37 - $7,496  
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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$41,235 - $91,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,712
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.92 - $42.52  
   
Overtime
$18.10 - $49.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,875  
   
Profit Sharing
$363.37 - $7,496  
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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$41,235 - $91,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,134
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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Software Developers include General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Amazon.com Inc, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Microsoft Corp. With a median salary of $115K, Bloomberg LP offers Entry-Level Software Developers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $89K and are capped at $145K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Microsoft Corp, Cisco Systems Inc, and Amazon.com Inc, where Entry-Level Software Developers typically earn around $107K, $101K, or $97K, respectively.

Considering that the median salary at CGI Federal is a shallow $50K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Sogeti USA LLC, General Motors Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard Company also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $58K, $62K, and $62K-paychecks on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Software Developers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Software Developers will also find cushy salaries in Madison (+33 percent), Seattle (+30 percent), New York (+25 percent), and Boston (+18 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.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Software Developer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1684 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Common Health Benefits

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