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Entry-Level Software Developer Salary (United States)

Pay for Entry-Level Software Developers is typically around $60K annually. Total incomes of Entry-Level Software Developers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $40K and $88K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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$0$30K$60K$90K
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  
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  
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

Hewlett-Packard Company, Microsoft Corp, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., General Motors Corporation, and Amazon.com Inc are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Software Developers. For Entry-Level Software Developers, comfortable salaries can be found at Microsoft Corp; in fact, typical earnings are around $102K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($65K versus $128K) is great. Also paying near the top of the field are Bloomberg LP at $102K, Amazon.com Inc at $93K, and Oracle Corp., where Entry-Level Software Developers annually earn $92K.
72 percent less than the top paying company, Hewlett-Packard Company offers a median salary of just $59K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Accenture, General Motors Corporation, and Aspen Technology, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $60K, $63K, and $64K.

Pay Difference By Location

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$61,000
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San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Software Developers, 45 percent higher than the national average. Other big spenders include San Francisco, New York, Madison, and Seattle, top-paying cities where Entry-Level Software Developers see paychecks higher than average (+35 percent, +26 percent, +25 percent, and +24 percent).

Software Developer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Software Developer in Milton:
"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.
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.
Software Developer in Grand Rapids:
"Software Development Is Not Always Glamorous."
Learn development from a seasoned person on the job. Books are good, experience is vital.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Software Developer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 2129 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

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