The average pay for an Entry-Level Software Engineer is $75,276 per year.

$54,084 - $110,908
(Median)
$54K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,275
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$16.11 - $49.49
(Median)
$16
$30
$49
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,084 - $110,908  
   
Bonus
$671 - $13,381  
Profit Sharing
$484.33 - $17,216  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$52,894 - $116,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20,156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.11 - $49.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.74  
Overtime
$19.88 - $64.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$671 - $13,381  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$484.33 - $17,216  
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).
)
$52,894 - $116,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,272
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National Average: $76,318

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Software Engineer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Software Engineer in New York:
Software engineering is a real form of engineering, but full of a lot of quacks. Don't be one of those quacks.

Software Engineer in Washington:
"Learn to write well."
Think of yourself as a translator between human language and programming languages. Anyone can learn to give instructions that computers can follow, but a superior software author writes well in human language, too. Spend time writing quality documentation. Self-documenting code is wonderful, but it can't do everything. Good documentation explains why a program was written, which is much more important. If you are in school, take a writing class every semester. Take writing classes as continuing education, in addition to any computer technical education.

Software Engineer in Beaverton:
"Take charge of your career."
Be mindful that the technical aspect will not always be the most important in your career. To be a good engineer, you have to understand business processes and be willing to work closely with other people.

Software Engineer in Raleigh:
"Watch your back."
Remember, 90% of the time your manager doesn't care about you. They only care about themselves. Make your own career and keep one eye on your back. Your manager will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat if they are told to fit the ratings bell curve. If you get a bad rating, take that as a sign to move on. Do not wait around.

Software Engineer in El Paso:
"Best/Worst part of being in IT."
The best part is that you're always learning...the worst part of IT is that you're always trying to catch up.

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Skills That Affect Software Engineer Salaries

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Java
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JavaScript
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National Average
$76,000

C programming Language
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Linux
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C++ Programming Language
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PHP
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SQL
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C#
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2201 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Common Health Benefits

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