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Average Software Engineer Salary in San Diego, California

$88,796
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$5,082
Bonus
$4,934
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The average salary for a Software Engineer in San Diego, California is $88,796.
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$67k
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$89k
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$117k
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What Do Software Engineers Do?

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 $105,746. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include ServiceNow and Qualcomm Inc, earning around $104,486 and $100,546, respectively. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc pays the lowest at around $80,614. Teradata Corp and Northrop Grumman Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $83,060 and $88,963, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Software Engineers?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Software Engineers?

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 $78,120 based on 168 salaries. An early career Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $85,343 based on 830 salaries. A mid-career Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $99,403 based on 232 salaries. An experienced Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $115,765 based on 103 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $124,940.
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 (30.5% more) and Seattle, Washington (20.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (5.5% less) and Austin, Texas (2.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,364 survey responses.
Entry Level
12.3%
Early Career
60.9%
Mid Career
17.0%
Experienced
7.6%
Late Career
2.3%