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Software engineer salary in United States

How much does a Software Engineer make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $118,156
Low $73,920
High $188,865
Cash bonus
$5,000per year
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a software engineer is $118,156 per year in the United States and $5,000 cash bonus per year.51.2k salaries reported, updated at November 25, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Software Engineers in United States

  1. Meta
    746 reviews999 salaries reported
    $162,315per year
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Highest paying cities for Software Engineers near United States

  1. San Francisco, CA
    $157,716 per year
    3.1k salaries reported
  2. New York, NY
    $145,373 per year
    985 salaries reported
  3. Santa Clara, CA
    $138,678 per year
    413 salaries reported
  1. Seattle, WA
    $135,655 per year
    3.9k salaries reported
  2. Austin, TX
    $118,444 per year
    1.4k salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $113,865 per year
    1.3k salaries reported
  1. Plano, TX
    $104,684 per year
    300 salaries reported
  2. Dallas, TX
    $104,267 per year
    775 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $98,013 per year
    464 salaries reported
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Where can a Software Engineer earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Software Engineers

Most recommended skill

Scala(earn +24.30% more)

The jobs requiring this skill have increase by 6.76% since 2018. Software Engineers with this skill earn +24.30% more than the average base salary, which is $118,156 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
20124402increase by 4402
201318738increase by 325.67%
201426969increase by 43.93%
201523159decrease by 14.13%
201636922increase by 59.43%
201725492decrease by 30.96%
201831035increase by 21.74%
201933132increase by 6.76%

Top companies hiring Software Engineers with the recommended skill

Webster Bank
Northrop Grumman
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Top fields of study
Mechanical Engineering Degree

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

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Most common benefits for Software Engineers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Commuter assistance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Food provided
  • Gym membership
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Stock options
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Unlimited paid time off
  • Vision insurance
  • Work from home
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 3,140 ratings

63% of Software Engineers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?


Job openings

Average $99,183 per year

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Common questions about salaries for a Software Engineer

What is the highest paid software engineer?

Software engineers with management experience and skills are paid the highest.

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Software engineers sometimes receive restricted stock units or long term incentives - but what are they?

There may be 3 usual components to a software engineer's pay at a tech company:

  • Base salary
  • Cash bonus
  • Long term incentives

Base salary is the monthly payment for coming to work. It's usually fixed and is often quoted yearly. Cash bonuses may be paid quarterly or yearly and they are often a percentage of salary (5-30%) and usually depend on personal performance in the period. Long term incentives give something that may only be convertible into cash at a future date. These can take the form of restricted stock units, stock options or other similar payments. An amount will be allocated to you, usually once per year, and then sometime in the future (1-5 yrs) these units will be convertible into cash at the prevailing rate. This prevailing rate is determined by the performance of the company. In the case of the stock units, it's simply the stock price at the time they become yours (also known as vesting).

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