Average Entry-Level Software Developer Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Software Developer is $61,369.
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$45k - $86k
$496 - $10k
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$315 - $10k
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$41k - $88k

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Job Description for Software Developer

Software Developer Tasks
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • 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.
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 $93,943. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Google, Inc., earning around $86,185 and $84,507, respectively. Reynolds & Reynolds Co pays the lowest at around $44,390. Usaa Insurance and General Motors Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $59,146 and $61,389, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Developer

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.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Developer

An early career Software Developer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $67,763 based on 14,366 salaries. A mid-career Software Developer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $80,792 based on 4,874 salaries. An experienced Software Developer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $90,544 based on 2,458 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $97,803.
Employees with Software Developer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 56.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (26.7% more) and Seattle, Washington (26.6% more).

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