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Entry-Level Software Developer Salary

The average Entry-Level Software Developer earns approximately $61K annually. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Software Developers varies from around $41K to approximately $90K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $7K, respectively. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Entry-Level Software Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,673 - $87,598
(Median)
$43K
$61K
$88K
MEDIAN: $61,285
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$14.06 - $41.78
(Median)
$14
$24
$42
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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
$42,673 - $87,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,865  
Profit Sharing
$344.78 - $7,196  
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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$41,078 - $90,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,384
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 - $41.78  
   
Overtime
$18.32 - $48.65  
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 - $9,865  
   
Profit Sharing
$344.78 - $7,196  
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).
)
$41,078 - $90,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,116

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Entry-Level Software Developers flock to General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Hewlett-Packard Company, Amazon.com Inc, and Microsoft Corp, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Bloomberg LP offers the best pay with a median salary of $115K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $89K and maxing out at just $145K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Microsoft Corp at $107K, Cisco Systems Inc at $107K, and Amazon.com Inc, where Entry-Level Software Developers annually earn $95K.

CGI Federal offers the least pay with a median salary of $50K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $77K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sogeti USA LLC at $58K, and Hewlett-Packard Company where $60K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Software Developers there earn up to $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Software Developers, 37 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Software Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Madison (+33 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), New York (+25 percent), and Boston (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 3 percent, the area with the worst salaries is 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

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1805 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 12%
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