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Working As A Senior Software Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $107,851

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Software Engineer Do

A Senior Software Engineer is responsible for developing information systems through studying operations, developing, and installing software solutions. They mentor junior and mid-level engineers.

How To Become A Senior Software Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Real Senior Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Software Developer Cleverspeck LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 25, 2015 $156,525 -
$177,395
Senior Software Engineer Codeobjects, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 29, 2017 $134,971
SR. Software Developer Cynet Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 28, 2017 $130,333
Senior Developer Arthur Grand Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 16, 2016 $130,000 -
$135,000
Senior Application Developer Arthur Grand Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2016 $130,000 -
$135,000
Senior Software Developer Smart Source Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 14, 2018 $129,000
SR. Software Engineer (.NET) Istream Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 03, 2017 $127,379
SR. Software Application Developer Protege LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 04, 2016 $127,379
SR. Software Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2016 $127,379
SR. Software Engineer (.NET) Istream Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 22, 2017 $127,379
Senior Software Developer Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 25, 2015 $125,757
Senior Software Engineer Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 17, 2015 $125,757
SR. Software Engineer GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 11, 2015 $125,757
Senior Software Developer Randstad Technologies, LP Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2014 $125,000
SR. Software Engineer Paxfire, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2012 $125,000
Senior Software Developer Randstad Technologies, LP Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2015 $125,000
Senior Software Developer Randstad Technologies, LP Ashburn, VA Jan 12, 2016 $125,000
SR. Software Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 11, 2015 $122,886
SR. Software Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 13, 2015 $122,886
SR. Software Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2015 $122,886
Senior Engineer-Software Engineering Maximus, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2018 $116,500 -
$155,550
Senior Software Developer Mastech Digital Technologies, Inc., A Mastech Digital, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Mar 28, 2018 $113,755 -
$128,755
Senior Software Developer Mastech Digital Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 06, 2018 $113,755 -
$128,755
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Mar 08, 2016 $110,861
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Nov 08, 2016 $110,861
Senior Software Developer Mastech Digital Technologies, Inc., A Mastech Digital, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Oct 27, 2016 $110,861
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Jul 26, 2016 $110,861
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Jul 26, 2016 $110,490 -
$125,490
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Mar 08, 2016 $110,490 -
$125,490
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Nov 08, 2016 $110,490 -
$125,490
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Sep 14, 2016 $110,490 -
$125,490
Senior Software Developer Mastech Digital Technologies, Inc., A Mastech Digital, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2016 $110,490 -
$125,490
Senior Software Developer Mastech Digital Technologies, Inc., A Mastech Digital, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Oct 27, 2016 $110,490 -
$125,490
SR. Software Engineer Radical Computer Solutions Private Limited Ashburn, VA Jul 14, 2016 $110,000
Senior Software Engineer Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 02, 2018 $110,000
SR. Software Engineer Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 03, 2015 $110,000 -
$120,000
Sr.Software Developer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 18, 2017 $110,000
Senior Software Developer Randstad Technologies, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 30, 2018 $110,000
Senior Software Engineer Ampcus, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 06, 2017 $110,000
Senior Software Developer Randstad Technologies, LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 12, 2017 $110,000
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Dec 30, 2015 $108,503
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Apr 03, 2016 $108,503
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Sep 03, 2016 $108,503
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Nov 04, 2016 $108,503
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Apr 04, 2016 $108,503
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Apr 14, 2016 $108,503
Senior Software Engineer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Mar 31, 2016 $108,503
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Jun 05, 2016 $108,503
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA May 17, 2016 $108,503
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA May 20, 2016 $108,503
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Mar 03, 2016 $108,503
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Apr 14, 2016 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Mar 03, 2016 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Dec 28, 2015 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Sep 03, 2016 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Apr 04, 2016 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Nov 04, 2016 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Engineer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Mar 31, 2016 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Mar 31, 2016 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Apr 03, 2016 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Jun 05, 2016 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA May 17, 2016 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA May 20, 2016 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2015 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Jul 16, 2015 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Jul 15, 2015 $108,139 -
$123,139
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Nov 11, 2014 $108,065
Senior Software Developer Moxie It Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 12, 2015 $108,000
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Nov 11, 2014 $107,702 -
$122,702
SR. Software Developer Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 18, 2015 $107,702
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Jul 30, 2014 $107,702 -
$122,702
SR. Enterprise Application Integration Developer Adavnsys, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 29, 2018 $107,500
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Aug 23, 2014 $105,144 -
$120,144
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Apr 01, 2014 $105,144 -
$120,144
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Sep 04, 2013 $105,144 -
$120,144
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Sep 12, 2013 $105,144 -
$120,144
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Jan 06, 2014 $105,144 -
$120,144
Senior Software Developer Randstad Technologies, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 14, 2017 $105,000
SR. Software Engineer Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 04, 2012 $105,000 -
$115,000
Senior Applications Developer The Jason Project Ashburn, VA Mar 18, 2011 $104,308
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Apr 18, 2013 $103,849
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA May 22, 2013 $103,501 -
$118,501
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Apr 18, 2013 $103,501 -
$118,501
Senior Software Developer Randstad Technologies, LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 17, 2018 $103,000
Senior Software Developer Randstad Technologies, LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 03, 2017 $103,000
SR. Software Engineer Ampcus, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 05, 2014 $102,600
Senior Software Engineer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Jul 05, 2011 $100,426
SR. Software Engineer Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 10, 2014 $100,000 -
$110,000
SR. Software Engineer Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 04, 2013 $100,000 -
$118,000
SR. Software Engineer GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
SR. Software Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
SR. Python Developer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
SR. Angular Developer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Senior Software Engineer Andrew LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 04, 2010 $95,338
SR. Software Engineer Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 10, 2013 $95,000 -
$110,000
Senior Software Developer Randstad Technologies, LP Ashburn, VA May 23, 2016 $95,000
Senior Software Developer Randstad Technologies, LP Ashburn, VA Jan 25, 2016 $95,000
Senior Software Developer Kforce Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 03, 2018 $93,915 -
$146,090
Senior Software Developer Attainica LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 27, 2017 $92,500
Developer Senior Anthem, Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 08, 2017 $92,019 -
$113,755
Senior Software Engineer Aptec, LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 19, 2012 $90,000 -
$150,000
SR. Software Engineer Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA May 05, 2014 $90,000 -
$110,000
Senior Software Engineer Aricent Software Us Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 27, 2016 $89,983
Senior Software Developer Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Ashburn, VA Apr 14, 2016 $89,178
Senior .NET Software Engineer V.L.S Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 12, 2013 $87,500
Senior Software Engineer Reverb Networks, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 30, 2010 $87,500
Senior Application Developer Verizon Business Network Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 05, 2010 $85,072
SR. Pega Developer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $84,000
SR. Software Engineer GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $84,000
SR. Software Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $84,000
SR. Pega Developer GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $84,000
SR. Software Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 06, 2014 $82,500
SR. Software Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2014 $82,500
SR. Software Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 03, 2014 $82,500
SR. Software Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 18, 2016 $80,000
Senior Software Engineer Global Computer Architects Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 12, 2013 $80,000
SR. Software Engineer GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 18, 2016 $80,000
Senior Software Engineer Ampcus, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 02, 2012 $80,000
Senior Software Engineer Global Computer Architects Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 06, 2015 $80,000
Senior Applications Developer (Consltnt-Apps Dvlt) Verizon Business Network Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 06, 2009 $79,477 -
$118,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Software Engineer

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Top Senior Software Engineer Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and maintained a java web application that is outsourced to Next Wave Logistics for the Pampered Chef company.
  • Worked on PL/SQL and created views, triggers, procedures, function and stored procedures.
  • Provided additional stabilization through additional database tuning and code enhancements.
  • Assisted in porting Windows XP VPN client software to Windows Vista platform.
  • Created Views and Stored Procedures in SQL Server 2008 to manipulate the data.

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