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Senior Software Engineer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$105,000
$84,000
$105,000
$133,000
The average senior software engineer makes about $105,991 per year. That's $50.96 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $84,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $133,000. Many of senior software engineers seem to be drawn to technology and professional companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case senior software engineers tend to work at technology, telecommunication, and finance companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Washington, California and New York pay senior software engineers the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Redmond, WA
$144,310
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Map of Senior Software Engineer Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Senior Software Engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Senior Software Engineer Salary By Location

While a senior software engineer can average a salary of $105,991 per year, or $50.96 per hour, there are many opportunities for senior software engineers to make more. For example, in Redmond, WA you might make $144,310 per year. Other high-paying locations include Los Gatos, CA, Washington, DC and New York, NY. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Redmond, WA where the average starting salary is $103,000. The highest paying states for senior software engineers include Washington, California and New York. Meanwhile, Indiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Redmond, WA
Redmond, WA
$144,310
$144k
Los Gatos, CA
Los Gatos, CA
$131,702
$132k
McLean, VA
McLean, VA
$105,609
$106k
Redmond, OR
Redmond, OR
$104,441
$104k
Cambridge, MA
Cambridge, MA
$103,837
$104k
Wilmington, NC
Wilmington, NC
$100,333
$100k

High Paying Senior Software Engineer Jobs

Average Senior Software Engineer Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a senior software engineer, being employed by a company such as AutoFi or Google would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Jet and Netflix also report highly competitive salaries for senior software engineers.

Company
Average Salary
$182,551
$183k
$171,007
$171k
$159,502
$160k
$159,490
$159k
$159,187
$159k
$158,136
$158k
$154,025
$154k

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    Average Senior Software Engineer Pay By Industry

    The salary for a senior software engineer can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for senior software engineers tend to be found in technology, telecommunication, and finance companies. In fact, senior software engineers can make a yearly salary of $106,763 while working for technology companies.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Technology
    Technology
    $106,763
    $107k
    Telecommunication
    Telecommunication
    $106,686
    $107k
    Finance
    Finance
    $105,346
    $105k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $104,614
    $105k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $104,555
    $105k

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