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How Much Does a Software Design Engineer Earn In The United States?

Software Design Engineer Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
$66,000
$89,000
$119,000
Software design engineers in the United States make an average salary of $89,076 per year or $42.83 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level software design engineer salary is roughly $66,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $119,000. If you like following the crowd, technology and manufacturing companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out technology, hospitality, and telecommunication companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Alaska, New York, Washington, and Texas provide the highest software design engineer salaries.
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Where Software Design Engineers Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do Software Design Engineers Earn In Different Cities?

While a software design engineer can average a salary of $89,076 per year, or $42.83 per hour, there are many opportunities for software design engineers to make more. For example, in San Francisco, CA you might make $126,395 per year. Other high-paying locations include Everett, WA, New York, NY and Washington, DC. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Francisco, CA where the average starting salary is $84,000. The highest paying states for software design engineers include California, Alaska and New York. Meanwhile, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Indiana offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range102k - 156k$126k$126,395

Everett, WA

Salary Range85k - 128k$105k$105,003

New York, NY

Salary Range83k - 128k$104k$103,679

Washington, DC

Salary Range81k - 124k$101k$101,215

Austin, TX

Salary Range83k - 122k$101k$100,959

Reston, VA

Salary Range75k - 114k$93k$93,158

Hillsboro, OR

Salary Range73k - 110k$90k$89,904

Saint Louis Park, MN

Salary Range72k - 106k$88k$87,826

Germantown, MD

Salary Range69k - 106k$86k$86,037

Raleigh, NC

Salary Range65k - 99k$80k$80,392
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High Paying Software Design Engineer Jobs

Which Companies Pay Software Design Engineers The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Live Nation Entertainment and Agilysys as they offer the highest salaries for software design engineers.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Live Nation Entertainment
Salary Range105k - 165k$132k$131,988
Agilysys
Salary Range115k - 135k$125k$125,225
Broadcom
Salary Range113k - 137k$125k$124,891
Agilent Technologies
Salary Range111k - 135k$123k$122,998
Kustom Signals
Salary Range113k - 131k$122k$122,214
Nokia
Salary Range109k - 130k$120k$119,568
PMC Group
Salary Range111k - 127k$119k$118,858
RDA
Salary Range111k - 126k$119k$118,732
Apple
Salary Range103k - 133k$118k$117,972
Analog Devices
Salary Range107k - 129k$118k$117,936
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Software Design Engineer Salary History

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    How Much Do Software Design Engineers Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a software design engineer can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for software design engineers tend to be found in technology, hospitality, and telecommunication companies. In fact, software design engineers can make a yearly salary of $107,451 while working for technology companies.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Technology

    Salary Range94k - 122k$107k$107,451

    Hospitality

    Salary Range91k - 122k$106k$106,309

    Telecommunication

    Salary Range93k - 118k$105k$105,123

    Automotive

    Salary Range77k - 99k$88k$87,983

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range73k - 90k$81k$81,363
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    $122k

    How Experience Affects Software Design Engineer Salaries

    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.

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