Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Software Development Engineer (SDE) is $90,662 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Software Development Engineer (SDE) Total Pay (?
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$60,704 - $115,864
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MEDIAN: $90,661
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Software Development Engineer (SDE) Total Pay (?
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$15.03 - $57.99
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,704 - $115,864  
   
Bonus
$1,014 - $19,637  
Profit Sharing
$998 - $15,043  
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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$60,825 - $125,877  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,933
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.03 - $57.99  
   
Overtime
$22.98 - $63.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,014 - $19,637  
   
Profit Sharing
$998 - $15,043  
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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$60,825 - $125,877  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,933
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Job Description for Software Development Engineer (SDE)
A software development engineer tests and documents software for client applications, server applications, and websites. The engineer uses source debuggers, visual development environments, program dumps, and performance monitoring tools to ensure the quality of the software. The engineer will work with designers and content producers to get the desired results for clients. The software engineer will write code to create many types of software, such as multi-threaded networked server applications and single-threaded or user interface event-driven applications (either stand-alone or those that access servers and services). The engineer may write code to create webpages or access database information and business logic servers. The engineer will be able to write as well as modify and debug software for client applications, server applications, and websites. Excellent communication skills are a must in order to work with clients and understand what is desired as an end result as well as communicate back to clients what is actually possible to achieve. A software development engineer should be able to function as part of a productive team working toward a common goal and should be able to provide and respond to constructive criticism. Education requirements vary depending on the employer, but an engineer should at least have a high school diploma or GED, and a college degree in information technology or computer sciences is desirable. A software development engineer should be well-versed in a number of different computer programming languages such as C, C++, Java, HTML, Python, or Perl. Experience building systems on a cloud infrastructure is also helpful.
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.
  • Write code to generate web pages, access databases and business logic servers.
  • Use source debuggers, program dumps, and performance monitoring tools.
  • Write code to create multi-threaded, networked server applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for server applications.
  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Test and document software for server applications.

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$94,000
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Experience Affects Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

National Average
$94,000

Skills That Affect Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

C
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Oracle
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C++
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C#
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Java
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Linux
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JavaScript
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$94,000
.NET
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UNIX
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ASP.NET
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PL/SQL
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Gender
Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
2%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 5%
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