Entry-Level Software Developer Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Software Developers come in at around $65K 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 $44K or peak near $96K depending on individual performance. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Software Developers is high. Men make up the vast majority of Entry-Level Software Developers (87 percent) who took the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$46,554 - $92,980
$47K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $64,583
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$14.69 - $41.67
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MEDIAN: $24.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$46,554 - $92,980  
   
Bonus
$311.80 - $10,020  
Profit Sharing
$196.68 - $9,185  
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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$43,820 - $95,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8,163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.69 - $41.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$19.72 - $52.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$311.80 - $10,020  
   
Commission
$6,104  
Profit Sharing
$196.68 - $9,185  
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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$43,820 - $95,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,006

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Entry-Level Software Developers flock to General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Amazon.com Inc, Usaa Insurance, and Microsoft Corp, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. 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. Soaring salaries can also be found at Amazon.com Inc, Epic Systems, Corporation, and Google, Inc., where earnings of $107K, $100K, or $87K are standard for Entry-Level Software Developers.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Accenture, where the median salary is just $61K — just about half of the top paying company's median. Employees at Hewlett-Packard Company, General Motors Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Information Systems can also expect below-average earnings of $66K, $66K, and $68K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,883

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

For Entry-Level Software Developers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Software Developers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), New York (+25 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbus, 6 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less and 1 percent less, respectively).

Software Developer Advice

Q: 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.

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.

Key Stats for Software Developer

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1134 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
11%
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Skills That Affect Software Developer Salaries

▲6%

▲3%

▲3%

JavaScript
▼0%

C++ Programming Language
▼0%

National Average
$65,000

C++
▼1%

▼2%

▼3%

SQL
▼3%




▼4%

C#
▼6%

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1134 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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