Entry-Level Software Developers can expect wages of $64K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $9K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Software Developers can bottom out near $43K or peak near $95K depending on individual performance. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Entry-Level Software Developers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Software Developers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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MEDIAN: $64,117
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$45,828 - $92,441  
   
Bonus
$478.34 - $10,025  
Profit Sharing
$202.26 - $9,352  
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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$43,122 - $94,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8,392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.61 - $41.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$20.28 - $53.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$478.34 - $10,025  
   
Commission
$6,104  
Profit Sharing
$202.26 - $9,352  
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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$43,122 - $94,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,016
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Entry-Level Software Developers flock to General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Amazon.com Inc, Usaa Insurance, and Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although the highest salaries can be found at Bloomberg LP where median pay is $133K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $111K and $169K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, and Epic, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Software Developers rake in a massive $118K, $107K, or $100K, respectively.

Known for its small paychecks, Accenture actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $61K — less than half of the top paying employer's rate. General Motors Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Booz, Allen, and Hamilton are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($65K, $65K, and $66K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,305

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

Entry-Level Software Developers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 54 percent. Entry-Level Software Developers will also find cushy salaries in Madison (+42 percent), Seattle (+32 percent), New York (+23 percent), and Boston (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbus, 7 percent below the national average.

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 1122 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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