How Much Does a Computer Software Engineer Make a Year?

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Computer software engineers design and program software.
Computer software engineers design and program software.

Computer software engineers are responsible for designing computer software. These workers are also called computer programmers, and are typically placed into one of two groups: application engineers and systems engineers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries for computer software engineers differ broadly based on a number of factors.

  1. Systems Engineer Averages

    • Systems software engineers develop software for computer systems in a variety of sectors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were about 385,200 systems software engineers in 2009, earning an average of $46.45 per hour, or $96,620 per year. Systems engineers in the top 10th percentile of earners made an average of $67.28 per hour, or $139,930 per year, while those in the lowest 10th percentile earned about $28.65 per hour, or $59,600 per year.

    Systems Engineer Industry Differences

    • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the "computer systems design and related services" sector of the industry employed the highest number of systems engineers in 2009, with the 119,640 workers in this sector earning an average of $45.74 per hour, or $95,150 per year. The "computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing" sector paid systems engineers the highest average salaries, with workers earning about $53.85 per hour, or $112,020 per year.

    Application Engineer Averages

    • Computer software application engineers develop specialized computer software for customized purposes or clients. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were about 495,500 application engineers in 2009, earning an average salary of $43.35 per hour, or $90,170 per year. The top 10 percent of earners made an average of $63.50 per hour, or $132,080 per year, while the lowest 10 percent earned $26.36 per hour, or $54,840 per year.

    Application Engineer Industry Differences

    • The industry employing the highest number of application engineers in 2009 was, not surprisingly, the "computer systems design and related services" sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Software engineers in this sector earned an average salary of $43.81 per hour, or about $91,130 per year. On the other hand, the industry sector with the highest average salary was the "metal and mineral merchant wholesalers" sector, where software engineers earned $57.58 per hour, or $119,760 per year.

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