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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Software Design Engineer Salary

$102,314 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$49.19 hourly

Entry level Salary
$78,000 yearly
$78,000
10 %
$102,314
Median
$133,000
90 %

How much does a Software Design Engineer make?

Software design engineers make $102,314 per year on average, or $49.19 per hour, in the United States. Software design engineers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $78,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $133,000.

Location impacts how much a software design engineer can expect to make. Software design engineers make the most in Washington, California, Oregon, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.

Highest Paying States For Software Design Engineers

The darker areas on the map show where software design engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Software Design Engineer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Washington$117,362$56.425,942
2Oregon$108,074$51.962,645
3California$114,442$55.0219,910
4Rhode Island$96,758$46.52715
5Vermont$97,343$46.80420
6New Hampshire$99,832$48.00681
7Delaware$96,656$46.47653
8Connecticut$100,072$48.111,229
9Texas$94,573$45.478,100
10New York$99,351$47.765,081
11Virginia$95,262$45.805,340
12Nevada$95,130$45.74648
13Massachusetts$94,860$45.614,338
14Minnesota$93,078$44.752,470
15Pennsylvania$89,579$43.073,949
16Kansas$89,472$43.02987
17District of Columbia$94,788$45.571,074
18Arizona$90,570$43.542,170
19New Jersey$93,363$44.893,155
20Michigan$87,485$42.062,502
21Maryland$92,310$44.383,412
22Tennessee$87,355$42.001,199
23North Carolina$85,739$41.223,582
24Arkansas$85,367$41.04809
25Maine$86,915$41.79415
26Montana$84,569$40.66511
27North Dakota$84,519$40.63322
28Alabama$85,007$40.871,284
29South Carolina$87,212$41.93888
30Wisconsin$85,502$41.111,520
31Ohio$83,796$40.292,822
32Colorado$84,640$40.692,597
33New Mexico$83,798$40.29610
34Illinois$83,207$40.004,292
35Idaho$79,887$38.41671
36Kentucky$82,642$39.73864
37Missouri$82,938$39.871,549
38West Virginia$80,697$38.80336
39Wyoming$77,547$37.28244
40Utah$75,479$36.291,724
41Iowa$81,096$38.99995
42South Dakota$78,133$37.56328
43Nebraska$77,645$37.33767
44Louisiana$80,660$38.78666
45Georgia$78,178$37.593,355
46Florida$80,323$38.624,623
47Mississippi$80,007$38.46377
48Indiana$75,625$36.362,006
49Alaska$73,791$35.48260
50Hawaii$76,602$36.83254
51Oklahoma$74,785$35.95566

Highest Paying Cities For Software Design Engineers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$123,760$59.50
2Seattle, WA$119,244$57.33
3Hillsboro, OR$108,539$52.18
4New York, NY$99,621$47.89
5Houston, TX$96,543$46.41
6Reston, VA$95,314$45.82
7Washington, DC$94,787$45.57
8Saint Louis Park, MN$93,053$44.74
9Germantown, MD$91,982$44.22
10Glendale, AZ$90,601$43.56
11Troy, MI$87,797$42.21
12Raleigh, NC$86,470$41.57
13Colorado Springs, CO$84,631$40.69
14Fargo, ND$84,417$40.59
15Columbus, OH$83,538$40.16

Software Design Engineer Salary Details

Software Design Engineer Salary

What is a Software Design Engineer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$133,000$11,083$64
75th Percentile$117,000$9,750$56
Average$102,314$8,526$49
25th Percentile$88,000$7,333$42
10th Percentile$78,000$6,500$38

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Software Analyst$78,865$6,572$37.92274,053
Computer Engineer$97,031$8,086$46.65126,709
Software Engineer-Consultant$112,626$9,386$54.15317,033
Principal Software Engineer$136,635$11,386$65.69345,893
Software Developer$94,431$7,869$45.40294,329
Software Tester$76,847$6,404$36.95208,853

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Microsoft Jobs (1,044)
  2. STMicroelectronics Jobs (38)
  3. HP Jobs (19)
  4. Expedia Group Jobs (82)
  5. Big Fish Games Jobs (23)

Which Companies Pay Software Design Engineers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Google and Broadcom are the highest paying companies for software design engineers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Google$146,085$70.231453
2Broadcom$132,975$63.9362
3PMC-Sierra$130,130$62.56
4Microsoft$127,527$61.312343
5Microsemi$127,144$61.13
6Kopin$125,324$60.25
7STMicroelectronics$121,863$58.592
8Animoto$118,084$56.771
9Thoughtworks$117,517$56.508
10Apple$116,931$56.222689
11HP$115,498$55.5392
12Analog Devices$115,130$55.3583
13Qualys$114,847$55.2135
14Expedia Group$113,914$54.7727
15Big Fish Games$111,917$53.813
16Groupon$111,070$53.406
17Nokia$110,545$53.1597
18Barnes & Noble$109,808$52.7913
19Cloudera$109,443$52.6283
20ServiceNow$108,617$52.22267

Software Design Engineer Salary Trends

The salary for a software design engineer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Software Design Engineer Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$64,500$31.02
Mid Level$90,600$43.56
Senior Level$162,000$77.75

Average Software Design Engineer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Software Design Engineer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$102,000$49.19+3.3%
    2021$98,900$47.57+2.3%
    2020$96,700$46.49+1.8%
    2019$95,000$45.67+1.7%
    2018$93,400$44.90+1.8%

    Recently Added Software Design Engineer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    RightstoneSoftware Design EngineerGarden City, ID06/01/2022$110,611
    The StandardSoftware Engineer-Design SystemsPortland, OR05/30/2022$81,900
    The StandardSoftware Engineer-Design SystemsAtlanta, GA05/28/2022$81,900
    University of UtahAssociate Software Design EngineerSalt Lake City, UT05/27/2022$31,600
    National Security AgencyHardware/Software Design Engineer-Entry To Experienced LevelFort Meade, MD05/18/2022$106,823
    National Security AgencyHardware/Software Design Engineer-Entry To Experienced LevelFort Meade, MD05/09/2022$106,823
    The StandardSoftware Engineer-Design SystemsPortland, OR05/07/2022$81,900
    Northrop GrummanSoftware Design Engineer/Principal Software Design EngineerRedondo Beach, CA05/06/2022$82,400
    Stancorp Financial Group, Inc.Software Engineer-Design SystemsAtlanta, GA05/05/2022$81,900
    Randstad UsSoftware Design EngineerRedmond, WA04/29/2022$177,395

    Software Design Engineer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Software Design Engineers the most?

    Washington pays Software Design Engineers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $117,362 per year, or $56.42 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Software Design Engineer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Software Design Engineer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $114,442 per year.

    What type of Software Design Engineer gets paid the most?

    Principal Software Engineer gets paid the most. Principal Software Engineer made a median salary of $136,635. The best-paid 10 percent make $156,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $119,000.

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