Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary

Compensation for Software Development Engineers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($96K). With some bonuses approaching $24K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $17K, overall incomes of Software Development Engineers spread between $66K and $133K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The vast majority (89 percent) of Software Development Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Job satisfaction for Software Development Engineers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$65,809 - $120,135

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$17.01 - $60.86

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,809 - $120,135  
   
Bonus
$997 - $24,381  
Profit Sharing
$1,042 - $17,227  
Total Pay (?
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$65,573 - $132,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,836
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$17.01 - $60.86  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $65.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$997 - $24,381  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,042 - $17,227  
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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$65,573 - $132,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Software Development Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, Yahoo! Inc., Expedia, Inc., and Dell, Inc. Pay for Software Development Engineers is best at Yahoo! Inc., which offers a median salary of $118K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $99K to $136K. Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, and Expedia, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Software Development Engineers earning around $116K, $110K, or $103K at each firm, respectively.

The lowest salaries can be found at Dell, Inc. — median pay is $81K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $66K and only reaching $104K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Zillow, Inc. at $94K, and Intel Corporation where $99K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Software Development Engineers there earn up to $155K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Object Oriented Programming, C, .NET, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HTML, SQL, and ASP.NET. It is often found that people who know .NET are also skilled in C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Development Engineer (SDE)

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $97K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $110K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Software Development Engineers make a median salary of $113K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $101K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location


Sunnyvale is home to an above-average pay rate for Software Development Engineers, 20 percent higher than the national average. Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+14 percent), Santa Clara (+11 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), and Bellevue (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Software Development Engineers in Atlanta earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Austin and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 24 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries



Late-Career
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National Average
$100,000


Skills That Affect Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
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C
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Java
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.NET
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C++
0%

C#
0%

National Average
$100,000

Python
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PL/SQL
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Linux
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JavaScript
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UNIX
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Microsoft SQL Server
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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 273 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 5%
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