The average pay for a Software Engineer is $80,778 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$57,052 - $119,520
(Median)
$57K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,778
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$18.03 - $62.57
(Median)
$18
$34
$63
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,052 - $119,520  
   
Bonus
$801 - $15,068  
Profit Sharing
$492.21 - $16,896  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,608  
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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$56,280 - $125,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28,479
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.03 - $62.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.33  
Overtime
$20.23 - $67.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$801 - $15,068  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,608  
Profit Sharing
$492.21 - $16,896  
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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$56,280 - $125,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,808
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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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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,086

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Software Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Software Engineer?

Software Engineer in Dover:
"Very Rewarding, but often stressful."
Pros: I get to work on things that I actually studied about during my university years. My final products are used by thousands of customers and this gives me much satisfaction. I enjoy many benefits such as my own office, long vacation, telecommute, paid training and an easy going and relaxed work environment.
Cons: There are some months in which a lot a work is jammed in and that can be intense. The salary is below the market average and there are no increases. It is necessary to change job positions within the company to get any real increase in pay. Seniority is often prioritized instead of merit. Politics often plays a role on who gets to climb the ladder. They promised tuition reimborsement, but since.

Software Engineer in Santa Ana:
"Small private office with no flowing air."
Pros: Love programming. Given my own personal space and being fully trusted to contribute to large projects with no micromanagement.
Cons: Lack of training due to the only two programmers being extremely busy. Butt is sore sitting all day. Often my work is bottlednecked by a supervisor and they're too busy to get to it, thus I will have nothing to do for long periods of time.

Software Engineer in Idaho Falls:
"Working in Software."
Pros: This job contains some extra freedoms, such as working from home when needed and no set office hours.
Cons: Lots of documentation, it get very boring and sometime difficult to understand.

Software Engineer in San Francisco:
"Great Experience in Startup Culture."
Pros: Flexibility to work from anywhere in the world, flexible work hours, ability to see immediate results in work, ability to implement what I want to do.
Cons: Underpaid, understaffed, overworked.

Software Engineer in Novato:
"Software Engineering."
Pros: Never Ending array of bugs, new development and satisfaction of being the creator.
Cons: Desk Job, physically not good for health condition.

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Experience Affects Software Engineer Salaries




National Average
$82,000


Skills That Affect Software Engineer Salaries

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Java
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$82,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3318 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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