Average Software Engineer Salary in San Diego, California

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The average salary for a Software Engineer in San Diego, California is $86,305.
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$64k - $121k

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Job Description for Software Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Software Engineer are from the companies Northrop Grumman Corporation, Qualcomm Inc and Teradata Corp. Reported salaries are highest at Intuit Inc. where the average pay is $104,490. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Qualcomm Inc and Viasat, Inc., earning around $99,983 and $90,114, respectively. BAE Systems Inc. pays the lowest at around $81,446. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc and Teradata Corp also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $82,128 and $82,921, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Engineer

Skills in Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include C# Programming Language, Python, 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 $75,798 based on 177 salaries. An early career Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $81,865 based on 831 salaries. A mid-career Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $97,123 based on 231 salaries. An experienced Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $111,845 based on 124 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $123,710.
Employees with Software Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 36.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (31.0% more) and Seattle, Washington (20.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (5.0% less) and Austin, Texas (2.7% less).

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