Entry-Level Software Developer Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Entry-Level Software Developers report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $60,684 annually on average. Overall cash allowance, including $9,758 each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, generally bottoms out around $41,526 and peaks near $85,636. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. The majority of Entry-Level Software Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Software Developer Salary (?
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$41,526 - $85,636
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Entry-Level Software Developer Salary (?
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$13.57 - $39.98
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$41,526 - $85,636  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,758  
Profit Sharing
$485.30 - $7,060  
Commission
$0.00 - $31,538  
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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$40,454 - $88,260  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 8,678
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.57 - $39.98  
   
Overtime
$17.71 - $47.22  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,758  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $31,538  
Profit Sharing
$485.30 - $7,060  
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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$40,454 - $88,260  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,056
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Software Developer

Entry-Level Software Developers fill the offices of leading firms Hewlett-Packard Company, Microsoft Corp, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., General Motors Corporation, and Amazon.com Inc. For Entry-Level Software Developers, comfortable salaries can be found at Microsoft Corp; in fact, typical earnings are around $102,016, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($65K versus $128K) is great. Entry-Level Software Developers will also find cushy salaries at Bloomberg LP (+$101,746), Amazon.com Inc (+$101,746, $92,746), and Oracle Corp. (+$92,449).
Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Hewlett-Packard Company—the median salary comes to just $59,305, 72 percent less than the top paying company. Also approaching the lower end are Accenture at $60,000, General Motors Corporation at $63,105, and Aspen Technology, Inc. at $63,568.

Pay Difference By Location

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$61,000
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For Entry-Level Software Developers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 45 percent greater than the national average. San Francisco, New York, Madison, and Seattle also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Software Developers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 35 percent, 26 percent, 25 percent, and 24 percent more, respectively.

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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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"Software Development Is Not Always Glamorous."
Learn development from a seasoned person on the job. Books are good, experience is vital.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Software Developer Salaries

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$61,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

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Male
90%
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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