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Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer is $69,708 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer Salary (?
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$47,150 - $100,182
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MEDIAN: $69,708
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Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer Salary (?
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$14.46 - $50.75
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,150 - $100,182  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,305  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $8,213  
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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$44,406 - $104,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,346
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.46 - $50.75  
   
Overtime
$18.08 - $60.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,305  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $8,213  
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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$44,406 - $104,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 456
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Job Description for Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer

Software engineer/developer/programmers may work in one major industry or in a vast array of different industries. Some may work for companies that produce and sell exactly what they work with. Many others work in other types of industries that do not sell these products but make use of their own. So, one could work for Microsoft designing computer programs to sell, while another may work for a large business and be responsible for designing the private computer programs that employees use within their office.
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Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer Tasks
  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.

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Pay Difference By Location

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Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer Reviews

What is it like working as a Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer at Hewlett-Packard Company?
Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer in Austin:
"Is what I do worth it?"
Pros: Working with people on a consistent basis. Taking care of others and organizing information to be readily used by upper management. Understanding how my contributions work for the overall goals of the company.
Cons: Pay makes it difficult to earn anything more per year once you're hired. Didn't receive a salary bump after getting a promotion. Constant limbo with the company split occurring.
What is it like working as a Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer?
Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer in Bakersfield:
"Stressful, Rewarding, Undervalued."
Pros: Rewarding also it gives you experience and the availability to work on your own projects at home.
Cons: Super stressful, over worked , expected to do alot in super little time. Very undervalued as a programmer/software engineer.
What is it like working as a Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer at Microsoft Corp?
Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer in Seattle:
"Great Place."
Pros: Microsoft is a great place to start and grow your career.
Cons: Goals are sometimes a bit of a moving target.

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Experience Affects Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer Salaries

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$70,000

Skills That Affect Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 866 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%