Average Senior Software Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Senior Software Engineer is C$93,734.
MEDIAN C$93,734
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C$73k - C$121k
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C$734 - C$19k
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C$74k - C$129k

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Job Description for Senior Software Engineer

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

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Software Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Senior Software Engineer are from the companies Amazon.com Inc, IBM Canada Ltd. and Ciena Corp. Reported salaries are highest at Cisco Systems Inc where the average pay is C$127,451. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Ciena Corp and Nuance Communications, Inc., earning around C$110,707 and C$104,000, respectively. Move, Inc. pays the lowest at around C$93,750. Amazon.com Inc and IBM Canada Ltd. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying C$97,592 and C$100,250, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Software Engineer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Software Engineer

An early career Senior Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of C$85,584 based on 217 salaries. A mid-career Senior Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$89,887 based on 673 salaries. An experienced Senior Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$96,093 based on 641 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$106,408.
Employees with Senior Software Engineer in their job title in Ottawa, Ontario earn an average of 7.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Vancouver, British Columbia (3.9% more) and Calgary, Alberta (2.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Mississauga, Ontario (7.0% less), Montréal, Québec (6.5% less) and Waterloo, Ontario (0.7% less).

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