Entry-Level Software Developer Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Software Developers sits in the ballpark of $62K per year. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Software Developers bottoms out near $41K and approaches $91K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Entry-Level Software Developers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$43,107 - $88,350

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$14.03 - $42.87

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,107 - $88,350  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,886  
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $7,754  
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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$41,330 - $91,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,774
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.03 - $42.87  
   
Overtime
$18.77 - $49.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,886  
   
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $7,754  
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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$41,330 - $91,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,139
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Software Developer


General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Amazon.com Inc, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Microsoft Corp are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Software Developers. 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. Microsoft Corp, Cisco Systems Inc, and Amazon.com Inc are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Software Developers earning around $107K, $101K, or $98K at each firm, respectively.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at CGI Federal, where the median salary is a mere $50K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other low-paying employers include Sogeti USA LLC at $58K and Hewlett-Packard Company at $62K, though some Entry-Level Software Developers there earn up to $84K.

Pay Difference by Location


Entry-Level Software Developers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 41 percent. Entry-Level Software Developers will also find cushy salaries in Madison (+33 percent), Seattle (+31 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.

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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.

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"Don't get old."
After you're 40, you're considered a has-been who knows nothing about current technology.

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"Keep Yourself Up To Date."
Update yourself constantly by visiting technology sites, channels, groups.... etc.

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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 1642 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%
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