Software Engineer Salary

The average pay for a Software Engineer is $79,357 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$55,238 - $116,704
(Median)
$55K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,357
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$17.60 - $64.37
(Median)
$18
$34
$64
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,238 - $116,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,790  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $14,931  
Commission
$14,740  
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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$54,844 - $122,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38,234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.60 - $64.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.86  
Overtime
$20.38 - $64.80  
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
$0.00 - $14,790  
   
Commission
$14,740  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $14,931  
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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$54,844 - $122,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,253
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Job Description for Software Engineer

In the world of software design and development, a software engineer plays a key role. The engineer is typically the person who helps to develop the ways that software functions created by a software design team will work. The software engineer will work with designers to help consolidate disparate program functions into a unified whole. The engineer also works with programmers and coders to help map out various programming tasks and smaller functions, which are then combined into larger, functioning programs or new features for existing software.

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Software Engineer Tasks

  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,839

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Software Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Software Engineer?

Software Engineer in San Francisco:
"Problem Solving with Great People on the Bleeding Edge."
Pros: Software Engineering offers me the chance to be both logical and creative; it works my entire brain and fulfills my academic tendencies. Moreover, it is a quickly and constantly developing field: there's always something new to learn, and I don't go a day without developing a new skill or insight.
Cons: There are some moments when you, as the resident expert of your product area, will have to make some timely, emergency decisions. It's a hard burden to carry, but that's why we're entrusted with maintaining robust and scalable codebases.

Software Engineer in Tampa:
Pros: Software engineering allows me to be creative and use my brain in solving every day problems in a unique way. There is something special about looking at a piece of code and getting a full understanding of how a system should flow and beginning to start the process.
Cons: My job is not the type of developing I like to do. We use older technology and everyone is afraid of innovation.

Software Engineer in Woburn:
"Its definitely work."
Pros: I like the culture. Every one is friendly enough and is easy to talk to. There is interesting work to be done, and people seem to like doing it.
Cons: NA.

Software Engineer in Greenwich:
"Advanced financial analysis."
Pros: Dealing with complex fast paced data and optimizing highly advanced software. Friendly environment that encourages growth.
Cons: The product planning could be better.

Software Engineer in Seattle:
"Very rewarding, engrossing work."
Pros: Software engineers get the frequent satisfaction of fixing something and getting to see the effect of that fix. It's nearly instant gratification sometimes, which can be very satisfying. Also you learn a lot of skills you can use in your everyday life to make things work better.
Cons: A lot of sitting at a computer, so you might feel very drained and foggy at the end of the day. You also need to deal with very large, complex systems, where sometimes the difficulty isn't as much conceptual, as simply understanding what other people were trying to convey with their code.

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Experience Affects Software Engineer Salaries




National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Software Engineer Salaries

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$81,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5362 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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