Updated August 22, 2022

Average Software Developer Salary

$87,521yearly

$42.08 hourly

Entry level Salary
$67,000 yearly
$67,000
10 %
$87,521
Median
$113,000
90 %

How much does a Software Developer make?

Software developers make $87,521 per year on average, or $42.08 per hour, in the United States. Software developers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $67,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $113,000.

Location impacts how much a software developer can expect to make. Software developers make the most in California, Washington, Oregon, New York, and Nevada.

Highest Paying States For Software Developers

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

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Software Developer average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1Washington$105,203$50.583,717
2California$105,486$50.7112,886
3Oregon$91,925$44.191,790
4Virginia$88,203$42.414,569
5Delaware$86,941$41.80465
6Rhode Island$83,927$40.35582
7New Jersey$89,454$43.012,786
8Massachusetts$87,621$42.133,120
9New York$91,105$43.803,753
10Nevada$90,445$43.48522
11Vermont$83,969$40.37310
12New Hampshire$85,696$41.20462
13Pennsylvania$84,664$40.703,132
14District of Columbia$88,668$42.63993
15Arizona$83,223$40.011,642
16Texas$81,030$38.966,386
17Maryland$86,640$41.652,711
18North Carolina$82,616$39.722,643
19Idaho$80,470$38.69467
20Ohio$80,214$38.562,456
21Connecticut$85,019$40.87845
22Utah$77,101$37.071,333
23Maine$80,306$38.61310
24Minnesota$78,926$37.951,880
25Montana$77,227$37.13355
26Michigan$77,535$37.281,720
27Illinois$79,152$38.053,126
28Wisconsin$76,747$36.901,346
29Indiana$74,593$35.861,704
30Georgia$77,037$37.042,666
31Colorado$75,164$36.141,949
32Iowa$75,032$36.07759
33North Dakota$73,123$35.16237
34West Virginia$73,333$35.26312
35Arkansas$72,006$34.62732
36Missouri$73,986$35.571,497
37Alaska$77,357$37.19164
38South Carolina$74,873$36.00750
39Tennessee$72,888$35.041,148
40Nebraska$70,698$33.99709
41Kentucky$72,747$34.97787
42Kansas$70,041$33.67914
43South Dakota$69,233$33.29299
44Florida$73,869$35.513,322
45Hawaii$73,773$35.47195
46New Mexico$71,312$34.28492
47Louisiana$72,312$34.77606
48Alabama$70,621$33.95958
49Wyoming$65,339$31.41173
50Mississippi$70,719$34.00305
51Oklahoma$69,953$33.63505

Highest Paying Cities For Software Developers

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1San Francisco, CA$112,889$54.27
2Seattle, WA$106,416$51.16
3New York, NY$91,206$43.85
4Jersey City, NJ$89,535$43.05
5Washington, DC$88,736$42.66
6McLean, VA$88,269$42.44
7Boston, MA$87,594$42.11
8Philadelphia, PA$85,185$40.95
9Jacksonville, NC$83,935$40.35
10Phoenix, AZ$83,348$40.07
11San Antonio, TX$83,174$39.99
12Columbus, OH$80,126$38.52
13Chicago, IL$79,378$38.16
14Minneapolis, MN$78,876$37.92
15Detroit, MI$77,715$37.36

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. New York, NY
  4. Jersey City, NJ
  5. Washington, DC

Software Developer Salary Details

Average Software Developer Salary Graph
Average Software Developer Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Software Developer's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$113,000$9,417$54
75th Percentile$100,000$8,333$48
Average$87,521$7,293$42
25th Percentile$76,000$6,333$37
10th Percentile$67,000$5,583$32

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Mobile Applications Developer$99,257$8,271$47.72252,254
Web Application Developer$85,840$7,153$41.27229,802
Applications Developer$89,205$7,434$42.89279,877
NET Developer$88,984$7,415$42.78236,690
PHP Developer$91,010$7,584$43.75166,706
Software Programmer$71,612$5,968$34.43253,235

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Bloomberg Jobs (1,333)
  2. Oracle Jobs (3,854)
  3. Kforce Jobs (1,438)
  4. Data Jobs (688)
  5. Compunnel Jobs (6,803)

Which Companies Pay Software Developers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, The Citadel and Meta are the highest paying companies for software developers.
RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
1The Citadel$146,422$70.401
2Meta$142,376$68.452,679
3Nuxeo$137,336$66.03
4Google$136,747$65.74565
5Chegg$135,626$65.203
6Apple$135,566$65.18596
7Cambridge Associates$133,580$64.222
8BitGo$131,882$63.40
9Atlassian$131,719$63.3354
10Morgan Lewis$130,228$62.61
11Pacific Investment Management Company LLC$129,065$62.0515
12PayPal$128,866$61.95347
13Microsoft$127,702$61.40620
14Safeway$127,643$61.37
15MongoDB$127,425$61.2644
16Cerberus Capital Management$125,386$60.28
17NVIDIA$125,029$60.11190
18Alphabet$124,647$59.93
19Mitsubishi Motors$124,506$59.862
20AQR Capital Management$124,494$59.852

How Much Do Software Developers Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a software developer salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The finance industry pays software developers an average salary of $96,138

  2. The technology industry pay $93,297

  3. The lowest paying industry for software developers is the telecommunication industry. Software developers in this industry earn an average salary of $88,060

Highest Paying Industries For Software Developers

RankIndustryAverage SalaryHourly Rate
1Finance$96,138$46.22
2Technology$93,297$44.85
3Professional$89,302$42.93
4Telecommunication$88,060$42.34

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Software Developer Salary Trends

Average Software Developer Salary Over Time

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

    Software Developer Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$87,500$42.08+3.3%
    2021$84,600$40.69+2.3%
    2020$82,700$39.77+1.8%
    2019$81,300$39.07+1.7%
    2018$79,900$38.41+1.8%

    Recently Added Software Developer Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Cutting Edge CountertopsIos/Software DeveloperPerrysburg, OH07/26/2022$80,000
    PeratonSoftware Developer Mid-LevelAlexandria, VA07/26/2022$67,600
    Motion Recruitment Partners LLCMid-Level .NET Software Developer/Entertainment/.NET Core/CloudIrvine, CA07/26/2022$120,000
    PeratonSoftware DeveloperAnnapolis, MD07/26/2022$67,600
    Air CommunitiesSoftware Developer RPADenver, CO07/26/2022$90,000
    The Aerospace CorporationSoftware Developer for Modelling and Simulation Implementation and OptimizationIone, OR07/26/2022$67,573
    BluehaloSoftware Developer (Mid-Level)Colorado Springs, CO07/26/2022$70,200
    The Aerospace CorporationSoftware Developer for Modelling and Simulation Implementation and OptimizationChantilly, VA07/26/2022$67,573
    PeratonSoftware DeveloperWharton, NJ07/26/2022$67,600
    The Aerospace CorporationSoftware Developer for Modelling and Simulation Implementation and OptimizationEl Segundo, CA07/26/2022$67,573

    Software Developer Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Software Developers The Most?

    California pays Software Developers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $105,486 per year, or $50.71 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Software Developer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Software Developer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Washington you should be paid close to $105,203 per year.

    What Type Of Software Developer Gets Paid The Most?

    Lead Developer gets paid the most. Lead Developer made a median salary of $116,340. The best-paid 10 percent make $138,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $97,000.

    What Is A Good Starting Salary For A Software Developer?

    A good starting salary for a software developer is $73,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a software developer in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for software developers is $94,431, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a software developer can vary by state.

    How Much Do Beginner Software Developers Make?

    Beginning software developers typically make between $60,000 and $70,000. It's becoming more common to see entry-level jobs offering $90,000 starting salaries or more, especially in California.

    How Much Does A Software Developer Make?

    Software developers make an average of $88,000 per year. Entry-level software developers typically make between $60,000 to 70,000 and up to $90,000. A full-stack developer who works on the front-end and back-end of design can easily earn over six figures. Added bonuses can be up to an additional $15,000.

    What Is The Monthly Income Of A Software Developer?

    The monthly income of a software developer can range from $3,700 to $13,000. The national average earned by software engineers is $8,300. The highest paying region is California, the hub for many big tech companies with San Jose, California being the most active area for hiring software developers.

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