Average Senior Software Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Senior Software Engineer is $113,338.
MEDIAN $113,338
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$83k - $152k
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$84k - $164k

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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.
The top respondents for the job title Senior Software Engineer are from the companies Microsoft Corp, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Capital One Financial Corp. Reported salaries are highest at Apple Computer, Inc where the average pay is $153,715. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc, earning around $141,693 and $136,596, respectively. Lockheed Martin Corp pays the lowest at around $100,049. Capital One Financial Corp and Intel Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $116,133 and $119,395, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Senior Software Engineer. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Senior Software Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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Popular Skills for Senior Software Engineer

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.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Software Engineer

An entry-level Senior Software Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $100,468 based on 154 salaries. An early career Senior Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $105,402 based on 4,147 salaries. A mid-career Senior Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $109,687 based on 10,372 salaries. An experienced Senior Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $116,696 based on 9,583 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $118,686.
Employees with Senior Software Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 25.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (21.1% more) and Seattle, Washington (15.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (6.8% less) and Austin, Texas (1.0% less).

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