What Is a Software Engineer and What Does a Software Engineer Do?
Software engineers typically work in teams to build programs, platforms, and applications. While some software engineers can build both the front-end (user interface) and back-end (the code that makes the program functional), it’s not uncommon for engineers to develop a specialty in one or the other.
Software engineers can take their talent to almost any industry producing technology: video games, business solutions, mobile applications, and network control systems are all built by software engineers.
What Is the Average Salary of a Software Engineer?
According to Indeed, on average, software engineers earn an average salary of $109,330 annually in the United States. An entry-level software engineer can expect to make an average of $86,000.
The compensation varies across cities. The three highest-paying cities for software engineers are as follows:
- San Francisco: $158,246
- New York: $138,127
- Seattle: $131,728