Average Senior Software Engineer Salary

$116,606
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$9,846
Bonus
$7,500
Commission
$6,987
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The average salary for a Senior Software Engineer is $116,606.
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$85k
MEDIAN
$117k
90%
$156k
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$85k - $156k
Bonus
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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.

Job Satisfaction for Senior Software Engineer

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The top respondents for the job title Senior Software Engineer are from the companies Microsoft Corp, Capital One Financial Corp and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.. Reported salaries are highest at Apple Computer, Inc where the average pay is $156,926. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc, earning around $145,615 and $141,928, respectively. Lockheed Martin Corp pays the lowest at around $104,655. Capital One Financial Corp and Cisco Systems Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $118,017 and $133,614, 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, C# Programming Language, SQL and JavaScript.

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

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 $102,212 based on 67 salaries. An early career Senior Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $108,782 based on 2,992 salaries. A mid-career Senior Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $114,128 based on 9,323 salaries. An experienced Senior Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $119,908 based on 9,285 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $121,711.
Employees with Senior Software Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 26.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (21.2% more) and Seattle, Washington (16.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (5.2% less) and Austin, Texas (1.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 24,895 survey responses.
Entry Level
0.3%
Early Career
12.0%
Mid Career
37.4%
Experienced
37.3%
Late Career
13.0%