Entry-Level Software Developer Salary

Entry-Level Software Developers take home approximately $65K annually on average. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $44K and hits $96K on the high end. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men account for the majority of Entry-Level Software Developers who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. Most Entry-Level Software Developers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,802 - $93,433
$47K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $65,030
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$14.66 - $41.75
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$0$96K
Salary $46,802 - $93,433
Bonus $486 - $10,018
Profit Sharing $257 - $9,309
Commission $6,251
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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$44,028 - $96,371
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 16,456
Hourly Data $0$52
Hourly Rate $14.66 - $41.75
Hourly Tips $2.14
Overtime $21.30 - $52.90
Annual Data $0$96K
Bonus $486 - $10,018
Commission $6,251
Profit Sharing $257 - $9,309
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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$44,028 - $96,371
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,020

Job Description for Software Developer

Software developers develop computer applications that allow users to perform specific tasks on computers or other devices. They may also develop or customize existing systems that run devices or control networks. Most of the time, software developers work in an office. A bachelor's degree in software engineering, computer science, information technology, or other relevant majors is often required. They are required to have relevant job experience.

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Software Developer


Entry-Level Software Developers flock to General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Amazon.com Inc, Usaa Insurance, and Microsoft Corp, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although Microsoft Corp boasts the highest average salary in town at $119K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $67K or as much as $148K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Amazon.com Inc, Epic Systems, Corporation, and Google, Inc., where earnings of $107K, $100K, or $87K are standard for Entry-Level Software Developers.

Known for its small paychecks, Accenture actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $61K — about half the top paying employer's rate. Hewlett-Packard Company, General Motors Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Information Systems also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $66K, $66K, and $68K-paychecks on average.

Software Developer Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,221

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Software Developers, 53 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Software Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), New York (+25 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (3 percent lower) and Houston (2 percent lower).

Software Developer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Software Developer in Madison:
"That's Not My Job... Right?"
Long story short, I wound up taking customer service calls for an entire year before actually being able to do my real job. They put me on a phone, made me take payment calls for what is essentially a massive utility billing office, all while updating old VBScript modules. To this day, I still am stuck doing all-around support for every department that doesn't pertain to Software Development. Make sure you're clear on what you're signing up for. If your function strays and it's not something you want, be sure to fight back as best as you can.

Software Developer in Phoenix:
"Software development is a grind."
The pace is fast, customers rarely understand the job complexity and all deadlines only move up.

Software Developer in Lee's Summit:
"Be Prepared To Learn."
Always learn new things. Try out new things. Set up new servers, build a website from scratch, test out a new language, test another one, build a new software tool. Read technical articles. Play logic games. Keep moving forward.

Software Developer in Sterling:
"Technical Software programming and Arthiotechture."
Be the master of Basics Tech skills.

Software Developer in New York:
"Know when to quit."
Do not work for too little for too long.

Software Developer in Grand Rapids:
"Career path."
Do not work here.

Software Developer in Delaware:
"Don't Go To College."
College and grad school won't teach you what you need to succeed as a software developer. Find a summer internship after your junior year of high school somewhere that will teach you real software craftsmanship, and get a job in the industry as soon as you graduate. Instead of _wasting_ money hand over fist for four years, _make_ money hand over fist for those four years.

Key Stats for Software Developer

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2672 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
11%

Skills That Affect Software Developer Salaries

▲5%

▲2%

▲2%

JavaScript
▼0%

National Average
$65,000

C++ Programming Language
▼1%

C++
▼2%

▼3%

▼3%


SQL
▼4%



▼5%

C#
▼7%

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2672 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 14%