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Average Entry-Level Software Developer Salary

$62,361
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,119
Bonus
$2,529
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The average salary for an Entry-Level Software Developer is $62,361.
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$46k
MEDIAN
$62k
90%
$87k
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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.
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 Epic Systems, Corporation where the average pay is $94,135. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and State Farm Insurance Company, earning around $87,864 and $69,672, respectively. Reynolds & Reynolds Co pays the lowest at around $45,379. General Motors Corporation and Paycom also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $62,553 and $65,448, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Software Developers?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Software Developers?

An early career Software Developer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $68,889 based on 13,365 salaries. A mid-career Software Developer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $81,955 based on 4,507 salaries. An experienced Software Developer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,360 based on 2,031 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $97,235.
Employees with Software Developer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 56.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Madison, Wisconsin (44.9% more) and New York, New York (27.3% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 20,641 survey responses.
Early Career
64.7%
Mid Career
21.8%
Experienced
9.8%
Late Career
3.6%