A Software Developer salary will often reflect a combination of skills and experience, the role’s level of responsibility, and the demand for talent within a particular industry. However, candidates who possess strong technical skills plus soft skills, namely strong written and verbal communication, together with good business judgement, are in a prime position to negotiate a higher salary.
Percentiles of a Software Developer salary
In the Robert Half Salary Guide, salaries are broken down by percentiles. This allows you to see how different skills, experience and qualifications – along with different roles, can shape your Software Developer salary.
At this salary percentile, a Software Developer may have less experience than typical though with demonstrated ability in programming, often across a range of codes. Software developers in this salary percentile may be recent graduates with a tertiary qualification such as a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Responsibilities are likely to include developing and implementing software solutions performed under the supervision of a department head.
This Software Developer salary percentile is likely to apply to candidates with an average level of experience in software requirements analysis and solutions design. The role is likely to be of average complexity and may call for skills in maintaining the quality and responsiveness of applications, maintaining code integrity and implementing data security features. The ability to work as part of a broader team can be essential in larger organisations to achieve the design and launch of new features.
In this salary percentile, a Software Developer is expected to be able to develop and maintain robust, efficient and reliable code. In what is likely to be a more complex role, software developers may be expected to design, implement and negotiate infrastructure and software solutions that work with large, complex data sets. Outstanding communication skills are essential for this salary percentile, as candidates will be required to discuss ideas and outcomes with management and service providers.
At the highest Software Developer salary percentile, candidates are expected to work with a variety of development tools, practices and technologies. Expertise should span the software development life-cycle of development, testing, deployment and on-going maintenance, with strong proficiency in .NET, SQL Server, and LINQ. In a highly complex role, candidates are likely to oversee a broader team responsible for producing clean, maintainable and efficient code.