Software Engineer Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Software Engineer is $74,197 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Software Engineer Total Pay (?
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$51,357 - $108,030
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MEDIAN: $74,197
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Software Engineer Total Pay (?
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$15.81 - $60.08
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,357 - $108,030  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,511  
Profit Sharing
$681 - $11,577  
Commission
$100.67 - $8,940  
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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$51,069 - $114,142  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29,462
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.81 - $60.08  
   
Overtime
$19.98 - $61.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,511  
   
Commission
$100.67 - $8,940  
Profit Sharing
$681 - $11,577  
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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$51,069 - $114,142  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29,462
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Job Description for Software Engineer
A software engineer is responsible developing and maintaining software applications and/or systems that function reliably and efficiently. They apply computer science principles and mathematical analyses to develop software or systems responsive to users' needs. Their specific day-to-day tasks vary by their company and field. However, in all tasks, software engineers must exhibit logical, structured thinking and be able to identify even the most minute of glitches.
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Software Engineer Tasks
  • Write, modify, and debug software.
  • Design and develop application components.
  • Test and document software.
  • Analyze requirements and transform them into technical designs.
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Software Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Software Engineer?
Software Engineer in Duluth:
"Not A Bad Gig."
Pros: I get to work on problems that are brainpower intensive.
Cons: There is a lot of corporate bullshit to deal with. I don't get to pick the projects I work on, there is no professional development investment in my company. If I were mid career and I was interviewing for this company I would run, not walk, as far away as possible.
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Experience Affects Software Engineer Salaries

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$76,000

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 6494 votes.
Gender
Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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