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Entry-Level Software Engineer Salary

An Entry-Level Software Engineer earns an average salary of $70,634 per year. A skill in Python is associated with high pay for this job.

$50,694 - $101,642
(Median)
$51K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,634
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50%
90%

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$15.44 - $45.52
(Median)
$15
$27
$46
MEDIAN: $27.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$50,694 - $101,642  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,698  
Profit Sharing
$484.30 - $10,498  
Commission
$3,400 - $5,087  
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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$50,248 - $106,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19,644
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.44 - $45.52  
   
Overtime
$19.16 - $59.33  
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 - $10,698  
   
Commission
$3,400 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$484.30 - $10,498  
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).
)
$50,248 - $106,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,184

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Software Engineer Advice

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

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.

Software Engineer in Seattle:
"Invest in your own learning."
Spend as much time and sacrifice as much as you can to learn as much as you can. It will pay off.

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.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Software Engineer Salaries

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C
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JavaScript
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Linux
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Java
0%

UNIX
0%

National Average
$72,000

C++
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PHP
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SQL
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C#
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3397 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%