Software Engineer Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Software Engineer is $74,722 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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$51,610 - $109,009
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MEDIAN: $74,721
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Software Engineer Total Pay (?
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$16.14 - $60.66
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,610 - $109,009  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,774  
Profit Sharing
$589 - $11,699  
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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$51,331 - $115,397  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29,634
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.14 - $60.66  
   
Overtime
$20.28 - $61.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,774  
   
Commission
$100.67 - $8,940  
Profit Sharing
$589 - $11,699  
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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$51,331 - $115,397  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29,634
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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 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

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$76,000

Skills That Affect Software Engineer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 6340 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
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%
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