$120,051
Avg. Salary
$68.18
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$11,050

Bonus

$12,101

Profit Sharing

$5,087

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) is $68.18 per hour.

The average pay for a Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) is $120,051 per year.

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$40.06
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$68.18
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$86.58
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MEDIAN $68.18
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$87k
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$155k
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MEDIAN $120,051
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MEDIAN: $120,051
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$0$174K
Salary $87,024 - $154,623
Bonus $1,999 - $25,472
Profit Sharing $3,907 - $32,549
Commission $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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$88,842 - $174,145
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 641
Hourly Data $0$96
Hourly Rate $40.06 - $86.58
Overtime $75.00
Annual Data $0$174K
Bonus $1,999 - $25,472
Commission $5,087
Profit Sharing $3,907 - $32,549
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).
)
$88,842 - $174,145
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 31

Job Description for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Senior software development engineers typically develop and upgrade computer operating systems and application software. As experienced members of software development teams, they often perform a lead role in software development projects. Many senior software development engineers work for information technology (IT) companies, developing computer operating system software for computers and computer networks. Other senior software development engineers work for specific software publishers, creating applications for personal, business, and educational users. Across the field, the senior software development engineer's primary task is developing software that provides its users with consistent, high-quality performance.

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Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Tasks
  • Work with designers and content producers.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for server applications.
  • Write code to create multi-threaded, networked server applications.
  • Use source debuggers, program dumps, and performance monitoring tools.
  • Test and document software for server applications.

Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Pay By Employer

$0$176K

Amazon.com Inc
50 profiles
$147,621

Microsoft Corp
24 profiles
$147,218

Expedia, Inc.
9 profiles
$129,802

Dell, Inc.
4 profiles
$85,000

Common Career Paths for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)


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Senior Software Development Engineers may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Software Engineering, which pays $139K on average annually. Many Senior Software Development Engineers choose to become Lead Software Development Engineers and Software Development Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $20K less and $8K less, respectively.

Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Senior Software Development Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++ Programming Language, Java, C++, and C are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ASP.NET Framework, Microsoft SQL Server, and ASP.NET. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed in C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Pay by Experience for a Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 63 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 179 salaries. An experienced Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 204 salaries. A Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 76 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

27%

19%

15%

15%

4%

-27%

-28%

National Average: $125,908

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

Sunnyvale offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Software Development Engineers, 29 percent above the national average. Senior Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+21 percent), Bellevue (+17 percent), San Jose (+17 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior Software Development Engineers is geography, with workers in Indianapolis earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 27 percent less in Bloomfield and 25 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)?

Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) in Redmond:
"SK."
Pros: Excellent work. Good benefits. Decent pay. Less commute.
Cons: Bureaucracy. Politics.

Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) in Oakland:
"Challenges and growth."
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Key Stats for Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

National Average
$126,000

▼1%

▼2%

▼11%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Senior Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries


▲5%

National Average
$126,000

C++
▼3%

C
▼7%

▼9%


SQL
▼10%

▼11%

C#
▼12%

▼12%

▼15%

▼16%

▼17%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 7%