Junior Software Engineer Salary

The average Junior Software Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $59K annually. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Junior Software Engineers spread between $39K and $77K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Junior Software Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. The majority of Junior Software Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,565 - $76,324
$42K
$59K
$76K
MEDIAN: $58,997
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$14.33 - $34.25
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$34
MEDIAN: $21.12
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$0$76K
Salary $41,565 - $76,324
Bonus $-0.45 - $7,242
Profit Sharing $48.18 - $6,698
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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$39,586 - $76,904
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,376
Hourly Data $0$55
Hourly Rate $14.33 - $34.25
Hourly Tips $0.63
Overtime $15.46 - $55.94
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $-0.45 - $7,242
Profit Sharing $48.18 - $6,698
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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$39,586 - $76,904
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 209

Job Description for Junior Software Engineer

A junior software engineer designs codes for new software and also modifies current software. They are responsible for correcting defects and debugging software. They also recommend changes to existing software, as well as develop ideas for implementing future software. A junior software engineer must be able to keep up with rapidly changing computer technology. They must be proficient in Java-based applications, as well as work with a team of other engineers and/or information technology (IT) professionals. Junior software engineers must be able to do custom development, integrate older tools and technologies, and continuously build their own skills. They must be able to research and analyze existing programs and assist in preparing documentation for work assignments. They also conduct regular quality assurance activities such as a peer review and during meetings.

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Junior Software Engineer Tasks

  • Assist with research and develop; design software systems and applications.
  • Perform engineering level tests to find defects; troubleshoot and debug development and production issues.
  • Work closely with the team, and report clearly and accurately to management.
  • Troubleshoot, test and validate software issues; resolve issues with due urgency and maintain thorough documentation of all software solutions.

Common Career Paths for Junior Software Engineer


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At the upper end, Junior Software Engineers who move into a Senior Software Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Software Engineers is a much higher $108K per year. Software Engineers or Software Developers are common next-step roles for Junior Software Engineers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Software Engineers is $20K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Software Developers.

Junior Software Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Junior Software Engineer


Leidos leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $73K.

Popular Skills for Junior Software Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Python, C++ Programming Language, Java, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ASP.NET, C#, and Microsoft SQL Server. .NET and C# are also commonly seen together.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,529

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Junior Software Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Junior Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Junior Software Engineers is geography, with workers in Dayton earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (15 percent lower) and St. Louis (9 percent lower).

Junior Software Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Junior Software Engineer?

Junior Software Engineer in Austin:
"Junior Software Engineer."
Pros: Great boss, until the company was sold.
Cons: Terrible culture; nothing is organized or disclosed to employees. Certain benefits are barely useable. Everyone is paid significantly less than they should be paid.

Junior Software Engineer in Los Angeles:
Pros: Problem solving.
Cons: Not best fit team member.

Junior Software Engineer in Providence:
"Technical Intern."
Pros: There is plenty of technology to learn. Fidelity invest heavily in their technologist/technology.
Cons: The job can be slow at times due to lack of work or time available from more senior members of the team.

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Key Stats for Junior Software Engineer

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.
Less than 1 year
34%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
0%

Experience Affects Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Experienced
▲19%

▲5%

National Average
$59,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Junior Software Engineer Salaries

▲4%


▲1%

National Average
$59,000

▼4%

C++
▼4%


SQL
▼5%

▼6%




▼9%


C#
▼14%

▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
34%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 14%