Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary

Software Development Engineers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($97K) annually in the United States. Total cash compensation to Software Development Engineers bottoms out near $69K and approaches $135K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $25K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. The vast majority of Software Development Engineers (89 percent) survey respondents are men. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most Software Development Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$68,709 - $121,281
(Median)
$69K
$97K
$120K
MEDIAN: $97,262
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$20.35 - $63.55
(Median)
$20
$38
$64
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,709 - $121,281  
   
Bonus
$1,474 - $24,761  
Profit Sharing
$1,515 - $19,642  
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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$68,958 - $135,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,020
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.35 - $63.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$15.00  
Overtime
$30.09 - $66.98  
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
$1,474 - $24,761  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,515 - $19,642  
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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$68,958 - $135,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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Job Description for Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Software development engineers (SDE) work in a range of industries to apply the principles and techniques of computer engineering, information analysis, and computer science to design, build, and develop their employers’ computer systems and software. Experienced computer software engineers may work independently as consultants to various organizations, and may either build computer systems and software from scratch or customize existing systems and software which were purchased from vendors. They must make all software modifications as requested by their clients or employers and test all software to ensure that it works properly.

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Software Development Engineer (SDE) Tasks

  • Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Test and document software for web sites.
  • Work with with designers and content producers.

Common Career Paths for Software Development Engineer (SDE)


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Software Development Engineers who become Software Development Managers position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $114K per year. Typical career progression for a Software Development Engineer involves becoming a Senior Software Development Engineer or a Senior Software Engineer, roles that pay $3K more and $3K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, Yahoo! Inc., Expedia, Inc., and Dell, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Software Development Engineers. Employees at Microsoft Corp enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $117K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $94K and higher ones not far away at only $142K. Yahoo! Inc., Groupon, Inc., and Amazon.com Inc also offer top salaries for Software Development Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $117K, $115K, and $114K, respectively.

Dell, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $81K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $104K and scope of pay is rather limited. Other low-paying employers include Intel Corporation at $96K and Zillow, Inc. at $102K, though some Software Development Engineers there earn up to $149K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Software Development Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Algorithm Development, Object Oriented Programming, Java, and C are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SQL, HTML, and Microsoft SQL Server. For most people, competency in .NET indicates knowledge of C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $100K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $114K. On average, Software Development Engineers make $116K following one to two decades on the job. Software Development Engineers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $98K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $102,947

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For Software Development Engineers, Cupertino provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Sunnyvale (+19 percent), Mountain View (+13 percent), Redmond (+11 percent), and San Francisco (+10 percent). Software Development Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Software Development Engineers in Austin bring in salaries that are 26 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Atlanta and New York also lean toward paying below-median salaries (22 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries



National Average
$103,000


Late-Career
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Skills That Affect Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
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Algorithm Development
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Java
up arrow 3%

C
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C++
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.NET
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C#
0%

National Average
$103,000

Python
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UNIX
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JavaScript
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Linux
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ASP.NET
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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