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Software Engineer Statistics By Gender

Among software engineers, 22.0% of them are women compared to 78.0% which are men.

  • Male, 78.0%
  • Female, 22.0%

Software Engineers By Gender

Gender  Percentages  
Male78.0%
Female22.0%

Gender Pay Gap For Software Engineer

Women Earn 92¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$93,382
female-income
Female Income
$86,299

Software Engineer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the software engineer position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Software Engineer Gender By Year

Year  Male  Female  
201069.61%30.39%
201169.32%30.68%
201270.96%29.04%
201370.84%29.16%
201472.16%27.84%
201571.81%28.19%
201673.69%26.31%
201773.04%26.96%
201873.09%26.91%
201972.77%27.23%

Software Engineer Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, dell certified systems expert and software applications architect have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Informatics Nurse Specialist13%87%
Clinical Support Specialist22%78%
Clinic Administrator23%77%
Software Engineer78%22%
Senior Data Center Engineer98%2%
Software Applications Architect98%2%
Dell Certified Systems Expert99%1%

Software Engineer Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among software engineers is White, which makes up 52.3% of all software engineers. Comparatively, there are 33.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 52.3%
  • Asian, 33.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.9%
  • Black or African American, 4.9%
  • Unknown, 2.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Software Engineer Race

Software Engineer Race  Percentages  
White52.3%
Asian33.0%
Hispanic or Latino6.9%
Black or African American4.9%
Unknown2.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.1%

Software Engineer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among software engineers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Software Engineer Race By Year

Year  White  Black or African American  Asian  Hispanic or Latino  
201056.55%5.49%29.83%5.68%
201157.02%5.72%29.33%5.39%
201255.93%5.26%30.71%5.83%
201356.32%4.78%30.52%5.64%
201455.19%5.29%31.17%5.77%
201554.37%5.10%31.29%6.34%
201653.87%5.09%32.00%6.34%
201752.45%4.97%32.56%6.71%
201853.09%4.82%31.78%7.32%
201952.26%4.91%32.97%6.94%

Software Engineer Wage Gap By Race

Asian software engineers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american software engineers have the lowest average salary at $84,962.
$95,000
$93,000
$91,000
$89,000
$87,000
$85,000
$83,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$91,057
White$90,216
Black or African American$84,962
Asian$94,917
Hispanic or Latino$88,050

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Average Age of a Software Engineer

We determined the average age of software engineers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Software Engineer Age By Race

Race  Male Age  Female Age  
Unknown3532
White3942
Black or African American4043
Asian3737
Hispanic or Latino3535

Software Engineer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of software engineer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of software engineers is 40+ years old, which represents 46% of the population.

20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Software Engineer Age

Software Engineer Years  Percentages  
20-30 years18%
30-40 years36%
40+ years46%

Types of Software Engineer Degree Levels

The most common degree for software engineers is bachelor's degree 73% of software engineers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 20% and rounding it off is associate degree with 4%.

  • Bachelors, 73%
  • Masters, 20%
  • Associate, 4%
  • Diploma, 1%
  • Other Degrees, 2%

Software Engineers By Education

Software Engineer Degree  Percentages  
Bachelors73%
Masters20%
Associate4%
Diploma1%
Other Degrees2%

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Software Engineer Wage Gap By Education

Software engineers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $114,338 annually. With a Masters degree, software engineers earn a median annual income of $102,317 compared to $93,382 for software engineers with an Bachelors degree.
$119,000
$114,000
$109,000
$104,000
$99,000
$94,000
$89,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$102,317
Bachelor's Degree$93,382
Doctorate Degree$114,338

Software Engineer Employment Statistics

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire software engineers.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Software Engineer Jobs By Employer Size

Company Size  Percentages  
< 50 employees2%
50 - 100 employees2%
100 - 500 employees5%
500 - 1,000 employees12%
1,000 - 10,000 employees34%
> 10,000 employees46%

Top Industries Hiring Software Engineers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ software engineers. Those industries include technology, non profits and media.

Technology

Fortune 500

Telecommunication

Media

Internet

Software Engineer Turnover And Employment Statistics

Software Engineer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of software engineers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Software Engineer Unemployment Rate By Year

Year  Software Engineer Unemployment Rate  
20104.56%
20113.25%
20122.64%
20132.67%
20142.07%
20152.26%
20162.33%
20172.17%
20181.80%
20191.88%

The Average Number of Years That Software Engineer Stay in a Job

By looking over 102,987 software engineers resumes, we figured out that the average software engineer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 45%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Software Engineer Tenure

Number or Years  Percentages  
Less than 1 year24%
1-2 years45%
3-4 years14%
5-7 years10%
8-10 years4%
11+ years4%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Software Engineers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to software engineers.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Functional Test Engineer7.66%44,452
Telecommunication Systems Designer7.80%102,055
Software Engineer8.26%
Database Development Project Manager8.31%95,300
PC Systems Administrator8.39%135,471
Support Associate9.71%100,892
Data Scientist20.69%106,973

Software Engineer LGBT Demographics

Profession  Percentages of LGBT   Job Openings  
Functional Test Engineer7.66%44,452
Telecommunication Systems Designer7.80%102,055
Database Development Project Manager8.31%95,300
PC Systems Administrator8.39%135,471
Support Associate9.71%100,892
Data Scientist20.69%106,973

Foreign Languages Spoken By Software Engineers

The most common foreign language among software engineers is Spanish at 24.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Chinese at 11.4% and French is the third-most popular at 10.2%.

  • Spanish, 24.5%
  • Chinese, 11.4%
  • French, 10.2%
  • Mandarin, 7.5%
  • German, 7.2%
  • Other, 39.2%

Software Engineer Languages Spoken

Foreign Language  Percentages  
Spanish24.5%
Chinese11.4%
French10.2%
Mandarin7.5%
German7.2%
Other39.2%

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Software Engineer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a software engineer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of software engineers is $151,183. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Software Engineers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where software engineers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Software Engineers Located?

By looking through more than 102,987 resumes, we found that the most popular places for software engineers are San Diego, CA and New York, NY.

Number of Software Engineers

Where Are Software Engineers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country software engineers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Software Engineer Demographics FAQs

What percentage of Software Engineers are female?

27.2% of software engineers are female in the United States. This is 0.3 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female software engineers has decreased by -3.2 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 89,640 female software engineers in the U.S. and 239,919 male software engineers in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 329,559 people with the specific job title of software engineer and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

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