Software engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Software engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
California $123,040
Washington $128,200
Maryland $108,850
New York $113,802
Massachusetts $109,130
New Jersey $107,640
Virginia $109,740
District of Columbia $113,750
New Hampshire $108,650
Texas $108,490
Delaware $101,680
Colorado $104,980
Nevada $102,380
Connecticut $100,150
Georgia $100,820
Minnesota $96,750
Pennsylvania $96,370
North Carolina $100,560
Alaska $98,030
Arizona $93,279
Oregon $100,080
Alabama $90,259
Kentucky $85,788
Utah $97,230
Vermont $95,010
Indiana $90,787
Rhode Island $96,730
Florida $92,620
Ohio $91,280
Iowa $89,516
Kansas $85,310
Missouri $91,820
Idaho $86,162
Michigan $87,880
South Carolina $87,170
Maine $87,150
Hawaii $82,807
Arkansas $81,856
Nebraska $87,110
Wisconsin $84,480
Tennessee $88,910
West Virginia $77,310
Montana $80,900
Illinois $80,725
Oklahoma $84,900
Mississippi $79,220
Louisiana $79,750
North Dakota $77,340
South Dakota $72,720
Wyoming $66,060
Puerto Rico $46,540

How much does a Software Engineer earn?

A software engineer’s average salary, $99,530, is higher than most other technology occupations. For example, a software engineer makes thousands more than computer systems analysts, who made an average salary of $87,320 in 2014, and computer programmers, who made about $82,690. However, software engineers made about $36,750 less than IT managers, who brought home an average salary of $136,280.

According to, which gathered information from over 15,000 software engineers, the national average entry level software engineer salary is $55,000. Some companies start software engineers out below that number – as low as $50,000 – and some start software engineers out significantly higher than that, even as high as $91,000 annually.

You can expect your salary to increase as you gain experience with an organization. On average, software engineers max out on average at $124,000 nationwide, but many companies pay experienced software engineers much more than that.

Non-profit organizations, companies in early start-up phases, and very small companies tend to offer less in compensation and benefits, while companies like Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Amazon in growing tech hubs such as Seattle, San Francisco and LA tend to offer full benefits along with beyond competitive salaries. The highest paid in the software engineering profession work in the areas of San Jose, California, San Francisco, and Seattle. The Baltimore area also pays well, as does the city of Santa Rosa, California.

How do software engineer salaries compare to similar careers?

Software engineers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than geospatial information scientists but more than wind energy engineers.

Career Median Salary
Geospatial information scientist salary $90K
Software quality assurance engineer salary $90K
Video game designer salary $90K
Database architect salary $90K
Electrical engineer salary $97K
Software engineer salary $93K
Nanosystems engineer salary $97K
Nanotechnology engineer salary $97K
Photonics engineer salary $97K
Wind energy engineer salary $97K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)