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Software Engineer Salary

The average pay for a Software Engineer is $76,075 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
$52,746 - $110,822
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MEDIAN: $76,074
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$16.45 - $61.46
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,746 - $110,822  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,239  
Profit Sharing
$522 - $12,208  
Commission
$493.16 - $40,547  
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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$52,246 - $117,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29,120
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.45 - $61.46  
   
Overtime
$21.44 - $61.73  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,239  
   
Commission
$493.16 - $40,547  
Profit Sharing
$522 - $12,208  
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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$52,246 - $117,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,815
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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 Oakton:
"My thoughts."
Pros: Problem solving, working with great people. The feeling like I am contributing to something.
Cons: Depending on the job, periods of crunch where work either requires or strongly desires over 40 hours of work. Scheduling work plans with non-work plans can be hard especially on relationships. Stress is usually high during these periods.

Software Engineer in San Diego:
"Interesting work."
Pros: I work on robotics, which doesn't apply to every software engineering position. It is very interesting and you get to work on unsolved problems rather than just producing more of the same for a different customer.
Cons: It can be hard to get everyone headed in the same direction on a project.

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
$78,000


Skills That Affect Software Engineer Salaries

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$78,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5926 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
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%