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Average Senior Software Engineer Salary in Australia

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The average salary for a Senior Software Engineer in Australia is AU$112,325.
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AU$84k - AU$144k
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AU$975 - AU$25k
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AU$85k - AU$152k
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What Do Senior Software Engineers Do?

Senior Software Engineer Tasks
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Guide and review work of junior engineers.
  • Translate business requirements into technical specifications and help manage project priorities and timelines.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Software Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Senior Software Engineer are from the companies Atlassian, Macquarie Bank and IRESS Market Technology. Reported salaries are highest at Macquarie Bank where the average pay is AU$140,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Atlassian and Brisbane Marketing, earning around AU$131,465 and AU$109,773, respectively. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp pays the lowest at around AU$82,622. IRESS Market Technology and Immersive Technologies, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying AU$90,633 and AU$92,000, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Senior Software Engineers?

Skills in Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include .NET, SQL, C# Programming Language and JavaScript.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Senior Software Engineers?

An early career Senior Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$101,114 based on 80 salaries. A mid-career Senior Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$106,643 based on 420 salaries. An experienced Senior Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$116,521 based on 568 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of AU$118,952.
Employees with Senior Software Engineer in their job title in Sydney, New South Wales earn an average of 6.3% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Gold Coast, Queensland (19.9% less), Adelaide, South Australia (11.4% less) and Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) (9.9% less).

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