Average Software Design Engineer (SDE) Salary

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The average salary for a Software Design Engineer (SDE) is $86,494.
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$67k - $127k
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$1k - $59k
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$67k - $146k

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Job Description for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

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.

Job Satisfaction for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

The top respondents for the job title Software Design Engineer (SDE) are from the companies Concur Technologies, Inc., Microsoft Corp and Alion Science and Technology Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Microsoft Corp where the average pay is $144,828. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Concur Technologies, Inc., earning around $119,599. Alion Science and Technology Corporation pays the lowest at around $68,000. Tektronix Inc also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $77,279.

Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

Skills in Python, C# Programming Language and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Java and C++ Programming Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Design Engineer (SDE)

An entry-level Software Design Engineer (SDE) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $69,785 based on 17 salaries. An early career Software Design Engineer (SDE) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $82,273 based on 70 salaries. A mid-career Software Design Engineer (SDE) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $101,772 based on 45 salaries. An experienced Software Design Engineer (SDE) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $98,244 based on 12 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $91,563.
Employees with Software Design Engineer (SDE) in their job title in Redmond, Washington earn an average of 61.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (42.7% more) and Seattle, Washington (34.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Hanover, Maryland (13.3% less) and Fargo, North Dakota (13.3% less).

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