Compensation for Software Development Engineers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($99K). Final cash compensation to Software Development Engineers varies from around $70K to approximately $143K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $28K and $25K, respectively. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Software Development Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Software Development Engineers (84 percent) who took the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$69,224 - $124,444
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MEDIAN: $99,232
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$24.79 - $57.01
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,224 - $124,444  
   
Bonus
$3,003 - $28,077  
Profit Sharing
$1,971 - $24,711  
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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$69,958 - $142,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,083
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.79 - $57.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$15.00  
Overtime
$47.11  
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
$3,003 - $28,077  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,971 - $24,711  
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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$69,958 - $142,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Software Development Manager. Software Development Managers on average make about as much as Software Development Engineers do. It is not uncommon for a Software Development Engineer to continue on to become a Senior Software Development Engineer or a Senior Software Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, Expedia, Inc., Dell, Inc., and Intel Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Software Development Engineers. Pay for Software Development Engineers is best at Microsoft Corp, which offers a median salary of $123K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $100K to $149K. Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries at Amazon.com Inc (+$121K), Groupon, Inc. (+$115K), and Yahoo! Inc. (+$109K).

Dell, Inc. seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $78K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $65K and $125K. Intel Corporation, Expedia, Inc. and Zillow, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $96K, $102K, and $106K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Survey results imply that Software Development Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Algorithm Development, Java, C programming Language, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C# Programming Language, .NET, and SQL. Most people experienced in .NET also know C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Development Engineer (SDE)

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


Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $103K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $124K in this role. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $94K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,814

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For Software Development Engineers, busy Cupertino offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+25 percent), Irvine (+12 percent), Redmond (+11 percent), and Sunnyvale (+11 percent). Software Development Engineers in Austin earn salaries far below the national average by 36 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers in Atlanta and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (26 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries



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$108,000



Skills That Affect Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

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: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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