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Entry-Level Software Developer Salary

Entry-Level Software Developers can expect wages of $61K annually on average. In the world of Entry-Level Software Developers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $90K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,473 - $87,477
(Median)
$42K
$61K
$87K
MEDIAN: $61,129
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90%

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$14.06 - $41.23
(Median)
$14
$24
$41
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$42,473 - $87,477  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,843  
Profit Sharing
$396.41 - $7,154  
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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$40,980 - $90,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,287
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.06 - $41.23  
   
Overtime
$17.91 - $48.30  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,843  
   
Profit Sharing
$396.41 - $7,154  
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).
)
$40,980 - $90,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,102

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General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Hewlett-Packard Company, Amazon.com Inc, and Microsoft Corp are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Software Developers. Employees at Bloomberg LP enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $115K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $89K and higher ones not far away at only $145K. Also paying near the top of the field are Microsoft Corp at $107K, Cisco Systems Inc at $107K, and Epic, where Entry-Level Software Developers annually earn $96K.

Known for its small paychecks, Sogeti USA LLC actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $58K — about half the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Accenture at $60K, and Hewlett-Packard Company where $61K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Software Developers there earn up to $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Software Developers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Software Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Madison (+33 percent), Seattle (+28 percent), New York (+25 percent), and Boston (+18 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 3 percent south of the national average, can be found in Minneapolis.

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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Linux
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Java
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JavaScript
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C++
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National Average
$62,000

C#
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ASP.NET
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1872 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%