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Average Entry-Level Software Engineer Salary in San Jose, California

$101,131
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$7,833
Bonus
$8,090
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The average salary for an Entry-Level Software Engineer in San Jose, California is $101,131.
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$72k
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$101k
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$124k
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What Do Software Engineers Do?

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What Are Popular Skills for Software Engineers?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Software Engineers?

An early career Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $114,292 based on 822 salaries. A mid-career Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $126,591 based on 263 salaries. An experienced Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $136,025 based on 140 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $148,360.
Employees with Software Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 7.1% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (25.6% less), Atlanta, Georgia (24.6% less) and San Diego, California (22.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,258 survey responses.
Early Career
65.3%
Mid Career
20.9%
Experienced
11.1%
Late Career
2.6%