Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary

Salaries for Software Development Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($102K) per year. Cash earnings for Software Development Engineers — including $30K in bonuses and $25K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $74K to $148K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Software Development Engineers is high. There are far more male Software Development Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$72,895 - $129,563
$73K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $101,733
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50%
90%

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$23.27 - $58.73
$23
$37
$59
MEDIAN: $37.29
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$0$147K
Salary $72,895 - $129,563
Bonus $3,085 - $30,339
Profit Sharing $1,987 - $25,253
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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$73,754 - $147,922
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,125
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $23.27 - $58.73
Overtime $41.78
Annual Data $0$147K
Bonus $3,085 - $30,339
Profit Sharing $1,987 - $25,253
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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$73,754 - $147,922
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 25

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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 server applications.
  • Write code to create multi-threaded, networked server applications.
  • Use source debuggers, program dumps, and performance monitoring tools.
  • Test and document software for server applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.

Common Career Paths for Software Development Engineer (SDE)


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Software Development Engineers tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Software Development Manager. The two jobs pay about the same on average. A lot of Software Development Engineers advance their careers by becoming Senior Software Development Engineers and Senior Software Engineers. However, those positions offer $4K less and $3K less per year on average.

Software Development Engineer (SDE) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Software Development Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, Expedia, Inc., Zillow, Inc., and Yahoo! Inc. Although the highest salaries can be found at Microsoft Corp where median pay is $123K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $101K and $150K. Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries at Groupon, Inc. (+$122K), Amazon.com Inc (+$122K), and Zillow, Inc. (+$116K).

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Dell, Inc. ($99K), Expedia, Inc. ($101K), and Yahoo! Inc. ($110K).

Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Software Development Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Algorithm Development, Java, Object Oriented Programming, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SQL, .NET, and ASP.NET. For most people, competency in .NET indicates knowledge of C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Pay by Experience for a Software Development Engineer (SDE) has a negative trend. An entry-level Software Development Engineer (SDE) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 818 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Development Engineer (SDE) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 306 salaries. An experienced Software Development Engineer (SDE) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 95 salaries. A Software Development Engineer (SDE) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 22 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $111,335

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

For Software Development Engineers, busy Palo Alto offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Irvine (+10 percent), Sunnyvale (+9 percent), Redmond (+6 percent), and San Jose (+6 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Software Development Engineer's salary, with Atlanta Software Development Engineers earning salaries that are 28 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Kirkland (20 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

▲10%

▲9%

National Average
$111,000

▼7%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries


▲3%

National Average
$111,000


Linux
▼2%


▼5%


C++
▼6%

C
▼6%

C#
▼7%

▼8%

▼11%


▼12%

SQL
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 81%
no benefits
None: 5%
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