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Software Engineer Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Software Engineer is $74,948 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Software Engineer Salary (?
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$51,751 - $109,061
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MEDIAN: $74,947
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Software Engineer Salary (?
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$16.27 - $60.86
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,751 - $109,061  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,883  
Profit Sharing
$593 - $11,653  
Commission
$101.37 - $39,453  
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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$51,468 - $115,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27,850
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.27 - $60.86  
   
Overtime
$20.38 - $61.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,883  
   
Commission
$101.37 - $39,453  
Profit Sharing
$593 - $11,653  
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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$51,468 - $115,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,800
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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.

Common Career Paths for Software Engineer

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Software Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Software Engineer?
Software Engineer in Reston:
"Creating Great Software Everyday."
Pros: Everyday is a new challenge as a software engineer which really helps keep work from getting boring. There is always a new technology and a new skill you need to pick up. Nothing is more rewarding than shipping a product on time!
Cons: Bugs and testing is probably the least fun part of my day to day responsibilities. But it really pays off in the long term. Hopefully you're writing good enough code that you don't have to do much of it!
Software Engineer in Chicago:
"Office Conditions."
Pros: It is an easy job and my colleagues are friendly
Cons: It is a low salary job and food is terrible
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

National Average
$76,000

Skills That Affect Software Engineer Salaries

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$76,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 6243 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
28%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%