Average Entry-Level Software Engineer Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Software Engineer is $73,609.
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$53k - $108k
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$330 - $20k
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$51k - $114k

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Job Description for Software Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Software Engineer are from the companies Google, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp and Microsoft Corp. Reported salaries are highest at Microsoft Corp where the average pay is $107,267. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Google, Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc, earning around $105,784 and $95,863, respectively. The Boeing Company pays the lowest at around $66,804. Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Co. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $69,219 and $71,372, respectively.

Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Software Engineer

Skills in Java, Python and JavaScript 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 Engineer

An early career Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $80,776 based on 36,300 salaries. A mid-career Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,394 based on 12,997 salaries. An experienced Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $101,563 based on 6,223 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $109,711.
Employees with Software Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 42.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (34.3% more) and Seattle, Washington (29.3% more).

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