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How much do Software Engineers earn in the United States?





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The average salary for a software engineer is $62,127


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59,002 salaries reported. Updated 24 October 2021

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How much does a Software Engineer make?

In the United States, the average pay for a software engineer as of October 2021 is approximately $69,500 per year. Breaking it down, that works out to be approximately $35.64 per hour and $5,792 per month, assuming you work a 40 hour work week.

Comparing Software Engineer Salaries

DirectlyApply has seen software engineer salaries ranging from a high of $99,900 per year to a low of $26,325 per year, although we would estimate that the majority of software engineers currently sit between $39,000 per year and $88,100 per year.

To be considered a top earning software engineer you would be expected to be making in excess of $99,900 per year, which would put you in the top 10%. If you are earning $39,000 per year or lower, you would be sitting in the bottom 25 percentile.

However interestingly, the average pay range for a software engineer can vary significantly (by as much as $60,900 per year) so therefore this role may allow for either increased hours or overtime, as well as opportunities for promotion and pay rises. It is therefore highly possible that you can increase your salary as you gain more experience in the role.

How does Software Engineer pay compare across the United States?


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