Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salary

Men make up the majority of Software Design Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $85K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, Software Design Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While just over a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$67,697 - $124,288
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$84K
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MEDIAN: $84,386
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$23.73 - $67.76
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$0$141K
Salary $67,697 - $124,288
Bonus $66.98 - $21,070
Profit Sharing $3,140
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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$63,792 - $141,396
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 57
Hourly Data $0$67
Hourly Rate $23.73 - $67.76
Overtime $36.41
Annual Data $0$141K
Bonus $66.98 - $21,070
Profit Sharing $3,140
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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$63,792 - $141,396
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 14

Job Description for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

A software design engineer (SDE) is a key member of a software development company. He or she helps identify problems and figures out how to create programs that will automate or ease those situations. Typically, the design engineer will look at existing processes and then work to design or refine software to increase the efficiency or ulity of users. This can involve creating a new product or iterating on existing software products to improve them.

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Software Design Engineer (SDE) Tasks

  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.

Common Career Paths for Software Design Engineer (SDE)


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At the upper end, Software Design 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.

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Popular Skills for Software Design Engineer (SDE)


Survey results suggest that Software Design Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in C#, .NET, ASP.NET, and C are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS, C++ Programming Language, and SQL. It is not unusual for someone who knows .NET to be familiar with C# as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

Pay by Experience for a Software Design Engineer (SDE) has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Design Engineer (SDE) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 47 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Design 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 $83,000 based on 24 salaries. An experienced Software Design Engineer (SDE) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 9 salaries. A Software Design 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 $103,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,402

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

For Software Design Engineers, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Software Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Redmond (+11 percent).

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Key Stats for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

▲16%

National Average
$86,000

▼4%

▼6%

Skills That Affect Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salaries

C#
▲16%

▲10%

ASP.NET
▲4%

C
▲1%

C# Programming Language
▲1%

National Average
$86,000

Java
▼4%

C++
▼7%

SQL
▼12%


Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 23%