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Average Software Developer Salary

$71,590
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,984
Bonus
$6,500
Commission
$2,534
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Software Developer is $71,590.
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$50k
MEDIAN
$72k
90%
$105k
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$50k - $105k
Bonus
$799 - $11k
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$507 - $11k
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$5k - $10k
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$49k - $109k
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What Do Software Developers Do?

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

Job Satisfaction for Software Developer

3.8 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Software Developer are from the companies General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and State Farm Insurance Company. Reported salaries are highest at Amazon.com Inc where the average pay is $117,870. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Microsoft Corp and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., earning around $109,868 and $89,594, respectively. Usaa Insurance pays the lowest at around $67,485. General Motors Corporation and State Farm Insurance Company also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $71,745 and $73,120, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Software Developers?

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.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Software Developers?

An entry-level Software Developer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $62,370 based on 2,691 salaries. An early career Software Developer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $68,889 based on 13,348 salaries. A mid-career Software Developer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $81,955 based on 4,487 salaries. An experienced Software Developer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,360 based on 2,030 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $97,268.
Employees with Software Developer in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 28.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (25.0% more) and Chicago, Illinois (7.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (0.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 23,292 survey responses.
Entry Level
11.6%
Early Career
57.3%
Mid Career
19.3%
Experienced
8.7%
Late Career
3.2%