Entry-Level Software Engineer Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Software Engineer earns an average salary of $68,578 per year. A skill in Python is associated with high pay for this job.
Entry-Level Software Engineer Salary (?
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$49,416 - $98,020
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MEDIAN: $68,577
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Entry-Level Software Engineer Salary (?
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$14.87 - $44.10
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,416 - $98,020  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,220  
Profit Sharing
$491.94 - $10,156  
Commission
$300.00 - $26,461  
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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$48,843 - $101,937  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17,641
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $44.10  
   
Overtime
$19.26 - $56.70  
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 - $10,220  
   
Commission
$300.00 - $26,461  
Profit Sharing
$491.94 - $10,156  
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).
)
$48,843 - $101,937  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,142
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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:
"If You Have The Head For Math, Go Into Economics Instead."
Manage your career. Find a mentor who is in a position that you'd like to be in and learn how to navigate the minefield that is professional development. I used to think it was enough just to be great at software, it's not. It's almost better to be a mediocre or bad programmer but be able to manage people if you want the best outcome. As such, I would not even recommend computer engineering to students who are looking to be respected in their profession. Become a Doctor or a Lawyer instead, someplace where experience has value because this industry does not respect knowledge of past technologies (also called experience).
Software Engineer in Pittsburgh:
"Learn To Solve Problems, Understand Business Needs."
Never stop learning new and better ways of solving problems; embrace failure as a necessary component of growth; don't try to change the world--try to make the world better one small piece at a time.
Software Engineer in Kirkland:
"Communication Skills Matter."
If you've ignored your communication skills up to this point, take some time and energy your first few years out of university developing them. Even if you stay in a purely technical role you will need to convince others of your greatness. Even if you have some experience there is probably more you could do. - Written v. Verbal. - Formal and structured v. Informal and unstructured. - 1:1 v. Small group v. Large group. - Technical v, non-technical audience.

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Gender

Female
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female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%
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