Average Experienced Software Engineer Salary

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The average salary for an Experienced Software Engineer is $101,772.
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$74k - $146k
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$74k - $156k

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Job Description for Software Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Software Engineer are from the companies Microsoft Corp, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Apple Computer, Inc where the average pay is $146,606. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Google, Inc. and Microsoft Corp, earning around $132,828 and $130,910, respectively. Lockheed Martin Corp pays the lowest at around $100,910. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Intel Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $101,939 and $124,489, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Engineer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Software Engineer

An entry-level Software Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $73,703 based on 7,382 salaries. An early career Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $80,979 based on 36,612 salaries. A mid-career Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,608 based on 12,986 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $110,223.
Employees with Software Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 40.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (29.2% more) and Seattle, Washington (18.4% more).

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