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Software Engineer Salary

The average pay for a Software Engineer is $77,590 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$54,014 - $113,324
(Median)
$54K
$78K
$110K
MEDIAN: $77,590
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90%

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$17.29 - $63.28
(Median)
$17
$33
$63
MEDIAN: $33.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,014 - $113,324  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,186  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $12,658  
Commission
$-0.50 - $39,732  
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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$53,519 - $119,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31,363
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.29 - $63.28  
   
Overtime
$20.49 - $62.41  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,186  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $39,732  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $12,658  
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).
)
$53,519 - $119,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,892

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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, 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 Tulsa:
"Paid to play mind games in a casual and fun environment."
Pros: Interesting and stimulating, I never get bored. High sense of accomplishment, great compensation.
Cons: Non-software companies do not treat software engineers as well as they should.

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

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Experience Affects Software Engineer Salaries




National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Software Engineer Salaries

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C
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Linux
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UNIX
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C++
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JavaScript
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National Average
$79,000

Java
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Oracle
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SQL
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C#
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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5493 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%
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