Software engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Software engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Washington $109,954
Texas $85,369
New York $86,678
California $99,936
Illinois $83,351
Massachusetts $88,946
New Jersey $83,980
Virginia $75,000
North Carolina $75,500
Pennsylvania $65,500
Florida $61,500

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 technical product managers but more than database architects.

Career Median Salary
Technical product manager salary $78K
Computer hardware engineer salary $83K
Marine engineer salary $91K
Naval architect salary $91K
Security engineer salary $75K
Software engineer salary $77K
App developer salary $72K
Computer network architect salary $75K
Informatics nurse specialist salary $88K
Database architect salary $64K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)