Average Early-Career Software Engineer Salary

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The average salary for an Early-Career Software Engineer is $80,979.
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$59k - $127k

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Job Description for Software Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Software Engineer are from the companies Microsoft Corp, Google, Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Google, Inc. where the average pay is $117,329. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Microsoft Corp and Cisco Systems Inc, earning around $113,765 and $104,209, respectively. Raytheon Co. pays the lowest at around $73,123. Lockheed Martin Corp and Northrop Grumman Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $73,998 and $78,349, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Engineer

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

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. A mid-career Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,608 based on 12,986 salaries. An experienced Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $101,772 based on 6,104 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 43.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (36.5% more) and Seattle, Washington (25.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (0.5% less).

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