Entry-Level Software Developer Salary

Entry-Level Software Developers can expect wages of $65K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Software Developers approaches anywhere from $44K on the lower end to $96K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $9K from profit sharing. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Entry-Level Software Developers who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Software Developers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$46,906 - $92,763
$47K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $64,625
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$14.77 - $41.11
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$0$95K
Salary $46,906 - $92,763
Bonus $481.13 - $9,967
Profit Sharing $243.23 - $9,317
Commission $8,000
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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$44,041 - $95,548
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 8,445
Hourly Data $0$52
Hourly Rate $14.77 - $41.11
Hourly Tips $2.14
Overtime $20.20 - $52.69
Annual Data $0$95K
Bonus $481.13 - $9,967
Commission $8,000
Profit Sharing $243.23 - $9,317
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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$44,041 - $95,548
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,081

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General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Amazon.com Inc, Usaa Insurance, and Microsoft Corp are all popular places to work. Microsoft Corp does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $119K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $67K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $148K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Amazon.com Inc, Epic Systems, Corporation, and Google, Inc., top-paying firms where Entry-Level Software Developers rake in a whopping $107K, $100K, or $87K, respectively.

Known for its small paychecks, Accenture actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $61K — just about half of the top paying company's median. Workers at Hewlett-Packard Company, General Motors Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Information Systems also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $66K, $66K, and $68K respectively.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,829

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

With a pay rate for Entry-Level Software Developers that is 53 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Software Developers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), New York (+25 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). In Columbus, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (2 percent less) and Houston (1 percent less).

Software Developer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Software Developer in Madison:
"That's Not My Job... Right?"
Long story short, I wound up taking customer service calls for an entire year before actually being able to do my real job. They put me on a phone, made me take payment calls for what is essentially a massive utility billing office, all while updating old VBScript modules. To this day, I still am stuck doing all-around support for every department that doesn't pertain to Software Development. Make sure you're clear on what you're signing up for. If your function strays and it's not something you want, be sure to fight back as best as you can.

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 Sterling:
"Technical Software programming and Arthiotechture."
Be the master of Basics Tech skills.

Software Developer in New York:
"Know when to quit."
Do not work for too little for too long.

Software Developer in Grand Rapids:
"Career path."
Do not work here.

Software Developer in Delaware:
"Don't Go To College."
College and grad school won't teach you what you need to succeed as a software developer. Find a summer internship after your junior year of high school somewhere that will teach you real software craftsmanship, and get a job in the industry as soon as you graduate. Instead of _wasting_ money hand over fist for four years, _make_ money hand over fist for those four years.

Key Stats for Software Developer

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1371 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
11%
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Skills That Affect Software Developer Salaries

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▲3%

▲3%

JavaScript
▲1%

C++ Programming Language
▼0%

National Average
$65,000

C++
▼1%

▼2%

▼2%

SQL
▼3%




▼4%

C#
▼6%

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1371 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 14%
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