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Software Development Engineer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$116,000
$95,000
$116,000
$143,000
Software development engineers in the United States make an average salary of $116,854 per year or $56.18 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $95,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $143,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Washington, New York, Delaware, and New Hampshire provide the highest software development engineer salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Bothell, WA
$111,025
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Map of Software Development Engineer Salaries

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

Average Salary

Average Software Development Engineer Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a software development engineer is roughly $116,854 per year, which boils down to $56.18 per hour. Interestingly enough, software development engineers have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $121,674 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $87,000. Additionally, software development engineers make more than the average salary in Bothell, WA, Washington, DC, New York, NY, Austin, TX, and Boston, MA. On a more broad level, software development engineer salaries are highest in California, Washington, New York, Delaware, New Hampshire, Texas, and Virginia. On the contrary, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia offer the lowest software development engineer salaries.

City
Average Salary
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$121,674
$122k
Bothell, WA
Bothell, WA
$111,025
$111k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$101,089
$101k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$96,203
$96k
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
$90,868
$91k
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$89,388
$89k
Arlington, VA
Arlington, VA
$88,793
$89k
Englewood, CO
Englewood, CO
$86,658
$87k
Portland, OR
Portland, OR
$86,460
$86k
Englewood, NJ
Englewood, NJ
$84,218
$84k

High Paying Software Development Engineer Jobs

Average Software Development Engineer Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a software development engineer, working for Apple or NetApp might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Cloudera and Activision Blizzard report highly competitive salaries for software development engineers.

Company
Average Salary
$134,087
$134k
$132,685
$133k
$131,720
$132k
$131,165
$131k
$129,363
$129k
$128,971
$129k
$128,659
$129k
$128,324
$128k

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Software Development Engineer Salary History

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    Software Development Engineer Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a software development 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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    $120,000
    $120,000
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    Apple Valley, MN
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    $105,456
    $105,456
    10/24/2020
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    Software Developer/Engineer
    Software Developer/Engineer
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    $86,335
    $86,335
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    $120,000
    $120,000
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    Chicago, IL
    10/14/2020
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    $131,481
    $131,481
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    Sdet Analyst
    Austin, TX
    Austin, TX
    10/13/2020
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    $95,000
    $95,000
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    Minneapolis, MN
    Minneapolis, MN
    10/10/2020
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    $100,176
    $100,176
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    Management Decisions, Inc.
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    Cloud-Based Sdet/Chicago IL/Healthcare
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    Chicago, IL
    10/06/2020
    10/06/2020
    $130,000
    $130,000
    10/06/2020
    Software Engineer/Developer
    Software Engineer/Developer
    Columbus, OH
    Columbus, OH
    10/03/2020
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    $48,001
    $48,001
    10/03/2020