Software engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Software engineer salary by state

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

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)