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Average Entry-Level Software Engineer Salary in Chicago, Illinois

$75,195
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$5,075
Bonus
$2,380
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The average salary for an Entry-Level Software Engineer in Chicago, Illinois is $75,195.
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$59k
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$75k
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$94k
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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, C++ Programming Language and JavaScript.

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 $82,275 based on 1,083 salaries. A mid-career Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $95,332 based on 260 salaries. An experienced Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $107,504 based on 78 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $108,444.
Employees with Software Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 44.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (34.2% more) and Seattle, Washington (31.0% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,449 survey responses.
Early Career
74.7%
Mid Career
17.9%
Experienced
5.4%
Late Career
1.9%