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Average Engineer Salary: For 20 Different Job Titles (2022)

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Are you wondering what the average engineer salary is?

If so, you’re not alone! Many engineers are curious about their earning potential and for good reason. Engineering is a highly sought-after field, and the salaries vary widely depending on specialization, experience, location, and a company’s practices to set compensation.

But don’t worry, this article has all the answers. It provides data on the average engineer salary for the 20 most common engineering job titles as well as the highest average engineer salary in the United States. It answers the question “How much do engineers make an hour” and if you’re wondering how your salary or a salary you’ve been offered stacks up to other engineers in the same role at the same company you’ll get steps to figure this out.

Whether you’re just starting out in your engineering career, are an industry veteran, or you’re looking to make a move, it’s important to make sure you’re not leaving money on the table. If you’re ready to have your engineer salary questions answered then read on!

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Average Engineer Salary: For 20 Different Job Titles (in 12 Tech Hubs)

Average Engineer Salary For 20 Different Job Titles (in 13 Tech Hubs) | Average Engineer Salary For 20 Different Job Titles (2022)

Below you will find data from Indeed that shares the average engineer salary for the 20 most common engineering job titles. Each job title is hyperlinked to another table. The additional table shares the job title’s low, high, and average salary data for the top 12 tech hubs in the United States:

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Austin, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Atlanta, GA
  • New York, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Boston, MA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Seattle, WA

The tables also share the percent difference a city’s average pay is from the national average. As you’ll come to see, location plays a significant role in what someone can earn in a specific job title.

Average Engineer Salary

The average engineer salary in the United States is $126,366.00. This salary is reflected in the data using the job title “Software Engineer” as it broadly describes all engineers.

One of the most interesting things to highlight in the data is the per city salary ranges. It’s important to highlight variables that account for the spread:

  • Actual job descriptions, a position’s duties, and responsibilities (they are not all the same)
  • Experience level (e.g. entry-level, mid-level, or senior level in the role)
  • Specific skill proficiency
  • If the role leads others or is a single contributor
  • Compensation standardization or the lack of compensation standardization (i.e. salary that is established subjectively or using a compensation formula)
  • Company type (e.g. non-profit compared to for-profit)
  • Company stage (e.g. Seed stage startup, Series A to Series D, or publicly traded tech company)
  • How a company views the importance of a specific job title to the overall success of the company
  • An engineer’s ability to negotiate a higher job offer, earn merit raises, and successfully ask for raises

Unfortunately, we don’t have insight into the variables above to extrapolate how they impact per city salary ranges. Nonetheless, it’s important to be aware of the variables as they impact the spread and it would be incorrect to assume the data reflects the exact same job description, duties, level of experience, skill proficiency, etc.

While the data does not detail the variables above it does provide good baseline insight into what engineers are making across the country.

Average Engineer Salary: Nationwide

PositionAverage Salary
Site Reliability Engineer$143,518.00
Data Engineer$137,551.00
Cloud Architect$134,534.00
Platform Engineer$133,861.00
iOS Engineer$129,654.00
Android Engineer$127,204.00
Software Engineer$126,366.00
Machine-learning engineer$125,494.00
Devops Engineer$119,058.00
Infrastructure Engineer$118,303.00
Back End Developer$115,667.00
Systems Engineer$103,730.00
Front End Engineer$102,762.00
Full Stack Engineer$101,402.00
Network Engineer$90,811.00
QA Engineer$83,082.00
Cyber Security Engineer$79,824.00
Embedded Firmware Engineer$78,149.00
Salesforce Developer$76,315.00
Developer$46,574.00

Highest Engineer Salary: Site Reliability Engineer

PositionLocationBase PayPercent above national averageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Site Reliability EngineerNationwide$143,518.00--$78,603.00$262,044.004,400
San Francisco, CA$166,531.00+16%$86,898.00$319,141.0076
Austin, TX$152,543.00+6%$86,136.00$270,148.00154
Chicago, IL$143,925.00Same$68,300.00$303,288.0067
Denver, CO$132,239.00-8%$100,913.00$173,289.0063
Atlanta, GA$145,277.00Same$69,860.00$302,109.0071
New York City, NY$144,992.00Same$77,477.00$271,341.00121
Brooklyn, NY$163,637.00+14%$116,385.00$230,074.004
Los Angeles, CA$151,610.00+6%$72,372.00$317,605.0062
Boston, MA$157,998.00+10%$89,297.00$279,557.00145
San Diego, CA$156,712.00+9%$74,702.00$328,755.0057
Miami, FL$204,673.00+43%$98,958.00$423,324.0026
Seattle, WA$136,905.00Same$81,918.00$228,803.00287

On average Site Reliability Engineers have the highest engineer salary. Nationally, across the United States they earn an average of $143,518.00 annually (without the inclusion of additional financial incentives such as sign on bonuses, stocks, job perks, benefits, etc.).

Of the top 12 tech hubs in the United States Miami, FL has the highest average salary for Site Reliability Engineers.

Site Reliability Engineers in Miami, FL earn an average annual base salary of $204,673.00. This base salary is 43% higher than the national average for Site Reliability Engineers.

On the flip side the city with the lowest average salary for Site Reliability Engineers is Denver, CO. Site Reliability Engineers in Seattle earn an average annual salary of $132,239.00, which is -8% below the national average.

Average Engineer Salary: Data Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Data EngineerNationwide$137,551.00--$85,795.00$220,531.004,600
San Francisco, CA$156,341.00+14%$109,690.00$222,831.00117
Austin, TX$119,697.00-13%$81,971.00$174,787.00115
Chicago, IL$142,365.00Same$83,888.00$241,605.00141
Denver, CO$121,044.00-12%$84,844.00$172,688.00133
Atlanta, GA$124,744.00-9%$79,753.00$195,117.0099
New York City, NY$135,373.00Same$81,270.00$225,493.00247
Brooklyn, NY$146,710.00+7$96,933.00$222,050.0014
Los Angeles, CA$161,086.00+17%$111,869.00$231,955.0090
Boston, MA$114,748.00-17%$74,827.00$175,967.0088
San Diego, CA$125,531.00-9%$77,897.00$202,291.0039
Miami, FL$129,557.00-6%$77,308.00$217,117.0028
Seattle, WA$119,447.00-13%$76,282.00$187,040.0055

Average Engineer Salary: Cloud Architect

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Cloud ArchitectNationwide$134,534.00--$93,764.00$193,032.006,300
San Francisco, CA$151,366.0015%$102,548.00$223,425.0078
Austin, TX$143,017.006%$98,225.00$208,235.00104
Chicago, IL$139,027.00Same$96,581.00$200,127.00249
Denver, CO$130,503.00Same$92,545.00$184,029.00134
Atlanta, GA$146,110.009%$106,031.00$201,340.00196
New York City, NY$146,187.009%$100,111.00$213,469.00244
Brooklyn, NY$144,909.008%$118,897.00$176,611.0014
Los Angeles, CA$146,732.009%$98,378.00$218,852.0017
Boston, MA$159,498.0019%$108,816.00$233,788.00118
San Diego, CA$140,586.00Same$95,559.00$206,830.0034
Miami, FL$144,963.008%$105,404.00$199,367.0031
Seattle, WA$141,054.00Same$100,985.00$197,022.0048

Average Engineer Salary: Platform Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Platform EngineerNationwide$133,861.00--$90,246.00$198,557.00671
San Francisco, CA$169,033.00+26%$124,812.00$228,921.0027
Austin, TX$166,307.00+24%$123,825.00$223,365.0019
Chicago, IL$172,513.00+29%$109,719.00$271,244.009
Denver, CO$156,936.00+17%$113,393.00$217,199.0029
Atlanta, GA$141,139.00+8$94,066.00$211,768.005
New York City, NY$153,157.00+14%$98,743.00$237,557.0016
Brooklyn, NY$161,490.00+21%$139,960.00$186,333.002
Los Angeles, CA$170,653.00+27%$110,621.00$263,263.006
Boston, MA$144,095.00+8%$113,858.00$182,362.0010
San Diego, CA$175,938.00+31%$140,035.00$221,045.002
Miami, FL$128,189.00Same$89,478.00$183,647.003
Seattle, WA$172,113.00+29%$117,274.00$252,595.0010

Average Engineer Salary: iOS Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
iOS EngineerNationwide$129,654.00--$89,066.00$188,740.001,000
San Francisco, CA$149,658.00+15%$109,712.00$204,150.0029
Austin, TX$123,968.00Same$85,426.00$179,901.0035
Chicago, IL$124,782.00Same$96,373.00$161,565.0064
Denver, CO$129,084.00Same$93,860.00$177,526.0034
Atlanta, GA$126,333.00Same$86,210.00$185,130.0039
New York City, NY$127,738.00Same$83,877.00$194,535.0070
Brooklyn, NY$145,151.00+12%$124,822.00$168,791.0028
Los Angeles, CA$153,556.00+18%$109,154.00$216,020.0029
Boston, MA$148,587.00+15%$111,066.00$198,783.0046
San Diego, CA$147,540.00+14%$110,186.00$197,556.0013
Miami, FL$150,961.00+16%$102,652.00$222,005.0011
Seattle, WA$144,137.00+11%$103,678.00$200,385.0028

Average Engineer Salary: Android Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Android EngineerNationwide$127,204.00--$85,066.00$190,215.001,100
San Francisco, CA$147,925.00+16%$109,486.00$199,858.0044
Austin, TX$83,658.00-34%$48,719.00$143,653.0035
Chicago, IL$123,889.00+35%$82,879.00$185,192.0035
Denver, CO$146,822.00+15%$112,137.00$192,234.0023
Atlanta, GA$129,519.00Same$90,276.00$185,823.0054
New York, NY$133,315.00Same$87,414.00$203,320.0068
Brooklyn, NY$144,230.00+13%$126,367.00$164,619.004
Los Angeles, CA$164,071.00+29%$120,201.00$223,951.0045
Boston, MA$146,623.00+15%$86,171.00$249,485.0018
San Diego, CA$141,060.00+11%$102,883.00$193,404.0016
Miami, FL$141,022.00+11%$98,893.00$201,097.0015
Seattle, WA$139,663.00+10%$98,513.00$198,001.0033

Average Engineer Salary: Software Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Software EngineerNationwide$126,366.00--$80,296.00$198,869.0031,700
San Francisco, CA$133,936.006%$85,145.00$210,685.00331
Austin, TX$135,517.007%$89,304.00$205,645.00253
Chicago, IL$133,552.006%$87,794.00$203,160.00701
Denver, CO$116,137.00-8%$80,216.00$168,145.00520
Atlanta, GA$106,106.00-16%$66,457.00$169,410.00201
Brooklyn, NY$123,475.00Same$82,455.00$184,904.0014
Los Angeles, CA$145,034.0015%$91,930.00$228,814.00413
Boston, MA$124,156.00Same$83,678.00$184,215.00227
San Diego, CA$133,936.006%$85,145.00$210,685.00331
Miami, FL$149,442.0018%$102,224.00$218,470.00315
New York City, NY$145,979.0016%$83,745.00$254,463.00535
Seattle, WA$124,847.00Same$84,731.00$183,957.00326

Average Engineer Salary: Machine-learning Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Machine-learning EngineerNationwide$125,494.00--$63,576.00$247,713.00722
San Francisco, CA$136,437.00+9%$84,449.00$220,427.0058
Austin, TX$192,263.00+53%$110,715.00$333,874.0055
Chicago, IL$131,917.00+5%$54,714.00$318,059.0012
Denver, CO$109,878.00+12%$74,672.00$161,682.0031
Atlanta, GA$173,508.00+38$121,405.00$247,973.0015
New York, NY$229,737.00+83%$112,357.00$469,747.0054
Brooklyn, NY$196,231.00+56%$169,654.00$226,970.0027
Los Angeles, CA$130,450.00+Same$104,027.00$163,584.002
Boston, MA$139,660.00+11%$92,540.00$210,773.0019
San Diego, CA$132,964.00+6%$106,340.00$166,253.002
Miami, FL$64,113.00-49%$33,900.00$121,253.002
Seattle, WA$185,082.00+47%$141,526.00$242,043.005

Average Engineer Salary: Devops Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Devops EngineerNationwide$119,058.00$81,537.00$173,844.003,800
San Francisco, CA$147,196.00+24%$112,310.00$192,918.0055
Austin, TX$125,042.00+5%$91,575.00$170,740.00134
Chicago, IL$124,709.00Same$83,794.00$185,603.0082
Denver, CO$118,420.00Same$86,126.00$162,824.00157
Atlanta, GA$120,573.00Same$87,810.00$165,561.00104
New York City, NY$133,638.00+12%$87,721.00$203,590.00215
Brooklyn, NY$111,132.00-7%$80,056.00$154,272.008
Los Angeles, CA$139,308.00+17%$98,498.00$197,026.0032
Boston, MA$135,850.00+14%$94,850.00$194,574.0075
San Diego, CA$122,100.00Same$90,423.00$164,875.0043
Miami, FL$99,086.00-17%$64,748.00$151,634.0022
Seattle, WA$121,893.00Same$89,476.00$166,055.0032

Average Engineer Salary: Infrastructure Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Infrastructure EngineerNationwide$118,303.00--$67,537.00$207,228.001,500
San Francisco, CA$165,443.00+40%$113,244.00$241,704.0046
Austin, TX$153,655.00+30%$98,632.00$239,376.0027
Chicago, IL$117,662.00Same$66,678.00$207,632.0049
Denver, CO$132,119.00+12%$73,483.00$237,546.0054
Atlanta, GA$138,161.00+17%$83,384.00$228,924.0039
New York City, NY$144,887.00+22%$98,712.00$212,663.00101
Brooklyn, NY$112,743.00+Same$80,631.00$157,643.003
Los Angeles, CA$143,363.00+21%$88,283.00$232,806.0032
Boston, MA$133,864.00+13%$82,663.00$216,781.0041
San Diego, CA$158,668.00+34%$99,403.00$253,268.0022
Miami, FL$103,420.00-13%$45,293.00$236,146.0012
Seattle, WA$128,232.00+8%$70,561.00$233,040.0027

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Average Engineer Salary: Back End Developer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Back End DeveloperNationwide$115,667.00--$70,933.00$188,614.002,200
San Francisco, CA$154,177.00+33%$108,499.00$219,086.00122
Austin, TX$137,663.00+19%$94,694.00$200,129.00110
Chicago, IL$133,719.00+16%$93,816.00$190,594.0043
Denver, CO$126,157.00+9%$86,023.00$185,014.0079
Atlanta, GA$123,399.00+7%$84,709.00$179,759.0046
New York City, NY$143,889.00+24%$86,283.00$239,955.00191
Brooklyn, NY$116,266.00Same$78,625.00$171,926.008
Los Angeles, CA$105,749.00-9%$64,830.00$172,493.0057
Boston, MA$121,149.00Same$76,659.00$191,458.0081
San Diego, CA$141,940.00+23%$99,611.00$202,257.0014
Miami, FL$88,842.00-23%$46,006.00$171,562.0033
Seattle, WA$129,250.00+12%$83,886.00$199,147.0028

Average Engineer Salary: Systems Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Systems EngineerNationwide$103,730.00--$67,522.00$159,354.007,500
San Francisco, CA$142,684.00+38%$117,459.00$173,327.0078
Austin, TX$109,091.00+5%$70,358.00$169,145.0050
Chicago, IL$135,510.00+31%$100,869.00$182,047.00124
Denver, CO$99,364.00Same$68,033.00$145,123.00147
Atlanta, GA$87,513.00-16%$53,912.00$142,055.0025
New York City, NY$106,379.00Same$60,310.00$187,638.0052
Brooklyn, NY$162,766.00+57%$133,654.00$198,220.0015
Los Angeles, CA$108,782.00Same$74,121.00$159,651.0031
Boston, MA$105,055.00Same$73,903.00$149,339.0036
San Diego, CA$115,235.00+11%$72,936.00$182,065.00129
Miami, FL$83,921.00-19%$67,350.00$104,570.009
Seattle, WA$99,451.00Same$61,804.00$160,031.0033

Average Engineer Salary: Front End Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Front End EngineerNationwide$102,762.00--$65,905.00$160,232.004,400
San Francisco, CA$107,262.00Same$76,950.00$149,514.0036
Austin, TX$118,289.00+15%$80,187.00$174,496.00155
Chicago, IL$102,600.00Same$69,328.00$151,841.0090
Denver, CO$115,190.00+12%$82,156.00$161,506.00127
Atlanta, GA$107,469.00Same$75,426.00$153,125.00133
New York City, NY$117,701.00+15%$75,834.00$182,680.00252
Brooklyn, NY$84,934.00-18%$60,150.00$119,930.007
Los Angeles, CA$105,110.00Same$66,457.00$166,242.0067
Boston, MA$130,649.00+27%$90,427.00$188,763.00110
San Diego, CA$107,262.00Same$76,950.00$149,514.0036
Miami, FL$94,774.00-8%$63,495.00$141,461.0047
Seattle, WA$102,656.00Same$65,977.00$159,726.0070

Average Engineer Salary: Full Stack Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Full Stack EngineerNationwide$101,402.00--$65,280.00$157,511.0012,100
San Francisco, CA$132,162.00+30%$84,482.00$206,753.00161
Austin, TX$119,332.00+18%$79,181.00$179,844.00284
Chicago, IL$116,544.00+15%$80,232.00$169,292.00452
Denver, CO$113,784.00+12%$77,405.00$167,262.00361
Atlanta, GA$109,307.00+8%$74,544.00$160,281.00317
New York City, NY$116,597.00+15%$75,180.00$180,832.00428
Brooklyn, NY$107,455.00+6%$69,153.00$166,971.0041
Los Angeles, CA$102,021.00Same$63,455.00$164,024.00133
Boston, MA$127,801.00+26%$83,593.00$195,388.00229
San Diego, CA$102,003.00Same$65,102.00$159,821.00113
Miami, FL$100,903.00Same$62,099.00$163,954.00112
Seattle, WA$108,412.00+7%$68,037.00$172,744.00139

Average Engineer Salary: Network Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Network EngineerNationwide$90,811.00$57,901.00$142,427.003,600
San Francisco, CA$103,073.00+14%$72,440.00$146,660.0015
Austin, TX$95,449.00+5%$68,790.00$132,440.0028
Chicago, IL$90,503.00Same$62,910.00$130,197.0056
Denver, CO$93,077.00Same$59,961.00$144,481.0061
Atlanta, GA$91,652.00Same$65,923.00$127,422.0052
New York City, NY$118,567.00+31%$77,814.00$180,663.0080
Brooklyn, NY$113,419.00+25%$65,576.00$196,167.0019
Los Angeles, CA$91,285.00Same$66,211.00$125,856.0030
Boston, MA$110,966.00+22%$76,524.00$160,909.0023
San Diego, CA$108,592.00+20%$69,554.00$169,540.0043
Miami, FL$74,498.00-18%$50,029.00$110,934.0011
Seattle, WA$86,403.00Same$61,976.00$120,457.0011

Average Engineer Salary: QA Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
QA EngineerNationwide$83,082.00$55,190.00$125,070.005,100
San Francisco, CA$106,579.00+28%$87,132.00$130,367.0089
Austin, TX$78,562.00-5%$44,422.00$138,939.0068
Chicago, IL$101,601.00+22%$79,030.00$130,618.00109
Denver, CO$95,891.00+15%$70,688.00$130,080.00140
Atlanta, GA$100,792.00+21%$78,701.00$129,085.00102
New York City, NY$102,338.00+23%$73,688.00$142,127.00132
Brooklyn, NY$101,681.00+22%$81,700.00$126,548.0086
Los Angeles, CA$101,188.00+22%$77,040.00$132,906.00104
Boston, MA$66,518.00-20%$39,756.00$111,294.0038
San Diego, CA$95,506.00+19%$55,081.00$165,601.0044
Miami, FL$77,447.00-7%$42,423.00$141,386.0022
Seattle, WA$91,141.00+10%$57,365.00$144,805.0019

Average Engineer Salary: Cyber Security Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Cyber Security EngineerNationwide$79,824.00$41,459.00$153,688.004,300
San Francisco, CA$149,424.00+87%$98,774.00$226,045.0014
Austin, TX$104,788.00+31%$71,892.00$152,734.0032
Chicago, IL$122,815.00+54%$87,405.00$172,572.0058
Denver, CO$107,344.00+34%$69,831.00$165,010.0069
Atlanta, GA$138,605.00+74%$88,287.00$217,601.0093
New York City, NY$109,284.00+37%$69,914.00$170,823.00103
Brooklyn, NY$209,274.00+162%$136,527.00$320,786.0021
Los Angeles, CA$116,380.00+46%$74,304.00$182,281.008
Boston, MA$63,373.00-21%$27,415.00$146,494.0079
San Diego, CA$124,124.00+55%$83,122.00$185,351.0030
Miami, FL$123,969.00+55%$99,168.00$154,972.0011
Seattle, WA$115,874.00+45%$81,695.00$164,353.0020

Average Engineer Salary: Embedded Firmware Engineer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Embedded Firmware EngineerNationwide$78,149.00--$111,506.00$159,100.001,300
San Francisco, CA$124,564.00+12%$85,376.00$181,740.004
Austin, TX$129,509.00+16%$76,968.00$217,917.0020
Chicago, IL$132,047.00+18%$111,733.00$156,053.0026
Denver, CO$101,344.00-9%$76,776.00$133,773.006
Atlanta, GA$151,770.00+36%$109,476.00$210,403.008
New York, NY$98,680.00-12%$76,240.00$127,725.005
Brooklyn, NY$96,859.00-13%$83,601.00$112,220.005
Los Angeles, CA$147,638.00+32%$131,389.00$165,896.004
Boston, MA$142,693.00+28%$117,270.00$173,627.0012
San Diego, CA$132,102.00+18%$95,013.00$183,668.0023
Miami, FL$101,822.00-9%$60,929.00$170,161.003
Seattle, WA$153,917.00+38%$102,982.00$230,044.0017

Average Engineer Salary: Salesforce Developer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
Salesforce DeveloperNationwide$76,315.00--$76,315.00$154,258.001,300
San Francisco, CA$98,041.00-10%$70,006.00$137,304.0041
Austin, TX$109,404.00Same$78,517.00$152,442.0036
Chicago, IL$105,041.00Same$73,448.00$150,223.0025
Denver, CO$107,440.00Same$82,939.00$139,180.0059
Atlanta, GA$123,055.00+13%$86,514.00$175,030.0043
New York, NY$111,981.00Same$78,175.00$160,406.0055
Brooklyn, NY$81,509.00-25%$52,029.00$127,693.003
Los Angeles, CA$99,827.00-8%$67,945.00$146,671.0018
Boston, MA$103,643.00Same$72,220.00$148,739.0030
San Diego, CA$101,360.00-7.00%$74,863.00$137,235.0015
Miami, FL$117,524.00+8%$85,621.00$161,315.006
Seattle, WA$108,287.00Same$70,427.00$166,501.0022

Average Engineer Salary: Developer

PositionLocationBase Pay% Above or Below National AverageLowHigh# of Salaries Reported
DeveloperNationwide$46,574.00--$24,395.00$88,917.005900
San Francisco, CA$117,225.00+152%$69,428.00$197,926.0059
Austin, TX$102,232.00+120%$66,870.00$156,295.00109
Chicago, IL$95,494.00+105%$54,189.00$168,282.00154
Denver, CO$153,543.00+118%$67,349.00$101,691.00125
Atlanta, GA$63,783.00+37%$43,433.00$93,668.00218
Brooklyn, NY$53,573.00+15%$19,469.00$147,416.0031
Los Angeles, CA$75,832.00+63%$42,295.00$135,963.00113
Boston, MA$108,170.00+132%$76,935.00$152,086.00108
San Diego, CA$34,157.00-27%$15,174.00$76,891.0055
Miami, FL$101,669.00+118%$64,917.00$159,228.0043
New York, NY$109,023.00+134%$61,706.00$192,625.00261
Seattle, WA$99,694.00+114%$67,312.00$147,655.0067

How to Figure Out if Your Engineer Salary is Equitable

How to Figure Out if Your Engineer Salary is Equitable | Average Engineer Salary For 20 Different Job Titles (2022)

If you want to understand how equitable your engineer salary is you want to assess how it compares to:

  • What the market is paying, and
  • What the company/prospective company is paying others with the same job title.

You want to assess how your salary compares to both the market and people who hold the same job title at your company or a company you may join because a salary may be equitable within a company but underpaid for the market. Not assessing both could result in leaving tens of thousands of dollars on the table annually 😱.

Below are actions and steps you can take to determine how equitable your base salary (i.e. your base pay excluding stock options, sign on bonus, commissions, job perks, etc.) is. If you want even more step-by-step help, create a PayDestiny account.

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How to Figure Out if Your Engineer Salary is Equitable (for the Market)

The average engineer salary data in this article provides high level insights into what the market is paying for a skill.

To research if your salary is equitable compared to the market you want to research what companies with the same business model and at the same the same stage (i.e. Seed Stage, Series A, etc.) as your company (or prospective company) are paying someone with similar skills/education/training to perform your job duties in the city the company uses to benchmark salary. This combination of this data will let you know if your base salary is equitable for the market.

How to Figure Out if Your Engineer Salary is Equitable (for Your Company)

Do you want to figure out if a job offer you’ve received is equitable compared to what other people with the same job title at the company are making or how equitable your salary is compared to colleagues with the same job title, level of skills, and outcomes?

If so, there’s just one thing you need to do…Ask three specific questions.

The three questions below will provide you the data you need to determine if a job offer is equitable or if you’re paid equitably compared to co-workers with the same skillset.

To determine if your engineer salary is equitable within a company ask:

  1. What is the salary range for the position?
  2. What’s the compensation formula used to determine [the offer/my salary]?
  3. Where does [this offer/my salary] fall on the compa ratio for this position?

What is the salary range for the position?

Anytime you are considering accepting a job or promotion it’s perfectly acceptable to ask “What is the salary range for the position?”

Asking this question gives you insights into what the company is paying for the completion of the job’s duties and helps you to assess if the pay:

  • Is equal to, lower than, or higher than what companies at a similar stage are paying in the your market
  • If the salary range aligns with your salary goals

It is also acceptable to ask this question when you are currently employed. However, the process to ask this question when employed must be finessed based on how well you are performing and the relationship you have with your boss.

Fortunately, some states and cities have implemented salary transparency laws or are rolling out new salary transparency laws that require employers to disclose salary range information when asked by a job applicant and/or current employee. These states include:

  • Washington
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia

What’s the compensation formula used to determine [the offer/my salary]?

Asking the question “What’s the compensation formula used to determine [the offer/my salary]?” provides insights into the company’s standardized compensation practices or the lack of standardized compensation practices.

A company with standardized compensation practices will at minimum share the following details:

  • The city used to benchmark data
  • Multipliers or predetermined dollar amount for seniority (e.g. a senior-level person who leads a team compared to an individual contributor gets .5X more pay or $6,500.00 more pay annually)
    Multipliers or predetermined dollar values for skill proficiency (e.g. novice proficiency in a skill equals no multiplier, mid-level equals .15X more pay, senior-level equals .25X more pay, and expert-level equals .35X more pay)
  • These types of variables account for individual nuances in skill and experience. It’s important to account for these nuances when figuring out if your salary is equitable compared to other people at your company or a company you’re considering joining.

You don’t want to accidentally assume you should be paid more by comparing yourself to a senior-level person with the same job title (if you don’t have the same skills, experience, and outcomes). Inversely you don’t want to accidentally conclude you’re paid well by arbitrarily comparing your salary to a person with less experience. This is why it’s important to ask a company’s leadership “What’s the compensation formula used to determine [the offer/my salary]?”

Some companies have very detailed compensation practices that clearly demonstrate that the company does not subjectively determine salary.

If you ask a company “What’s the compensation formula used to determine [the offer/my salary]?” and they rattle off multiple variables and details then it’s highly likely that the salary is equitable (however you still want to ask the third question).

If the answer you receive is something to the effect of “we rely on individual expertise to determine salary” then you gain insights that your job offer or salary was subjectively created.

A subjectively created salary is not always a bad thing if the company is/was motivated to hire you and/or has direct and implicit biases that benefit you. You could have an inequitable salary that works in your favor and is high on the job title’s pay scale.

On the contrary a subjectively created salary could mean that the salary is inequitable and does not work in your favor. Hopefully, this is not the case but it is something you want to uncover in order to negotiate a higher job offer or request a salary adjustment because you are underpaid.

Where does [this offer/my salary] fall on the compa ratio for this position?

The third question you want to ask is “Where does [this offer/my salary] fall on the compa ratio for this position?”

A compa ratio is a metric used by companies to determine where an individual’s salary falls on the pay scale/salary range for the position within the company and/or market.

In decimals a compa ratio ranges from .80 to 1.2 with 1 being median pay for the position. If for some reason your company doesn’t use compa ratios (which is a red flag 🚩) you can ask for the median pay for your job title and calculate your compa ratio by dividing your job offer or base salary by the median pay.

The resulting decimal will let you know how a job offer or your salary compares to other people who hold the same engineering job title and perform the same job duties.

The combination of your compa ratio and the answers you receive to “What is the salary range for the position” and “What’s the compensation formula used to determine [the offer/my salary]?” will either:

  • Align with the compa ratio confirming what you’ve been told
  • Highlight disparities between what you’ve been told and what you’re actually being paid compared to other people who hold the same job title

Asking company leadership the three questions above will help you figure out if your engineer salary or a job offer is equitable compared to others with the same job title at your company/company you’re considering joining.

Average Engineer Salary (FAQs)

Average Engineer Salary For 20 Different Job Titles (2022) | FAQs

Average engineer salary (FAQs):

What is the salary for software engineer

Nationally, the average salary for a software engineer in the United States is $126,366.00.

Of the top 12 tech hubs in the country, software engineers receive the highest average salary in Miami, FL where the average software engineer salary is $149,442.00. This is 18% above the national average.

Software engineers receive the highest average salary in Atlanta, GA where the average software engineer salary is $106,106.00. This is -16% below the national average.

What is the median salary of a cybersecurity engineer?

The median salary of a cybersecurity engineer in the United States is $79,824.00.

Of the top 12 tech hubs in the country, cybersecurity engineers have the highest average pay in Brooklyn, NY where they earn an average of $209,274.00. This is 162% above the national average.

Cybersecurity engineers earn the lowest annual salary in Boston, MA. In Boston cybersecurity engineers earn an average annual salary of $63,373.00. This is -21% below the national average.

How much do engineers make an hour?

On average engineers in the United States make $52.26 per hour before bonuses, stock options, incentives, benefits, job perks and other details that make up a total rewards package.

Site Reliability Engineers are the highest paid engineers of the 20 most common engineer roles. Nationally, they make an average of $69.00 per hour.

Developers are the lowest paid engineers of the 20 most common engineer roles. Nationally, they make an average of $22.39 per hour.


How much do engineers make an hour? (Data for the 20 Most Common Engineer Job Titles)

PositionHourly Rate
Site Reliability Engineer$69.00
Data Engineer$66.13
Cloud Architect$64.68
Platform Engineer$64.36
iOS Engineer$62.33
Android Engineer$61.16
Software Engineer$60.75
Machine-learning engineer$60.33
Devops Engineer$57.24
Infrastructure Engineer$56.88
Back End Developer$55.61
Systems Engineer$49.87
Front End Engineer$49.40
Full Stack Engineer$48.75
Network Engineer$43.66
QA Engineer$39.94
Cyber Security Engineer$38.38
Embedded Firmware Engineer$37.57
Salesforce Developer$36.69
Developer$22.39

Average salary of engineer in us per month

The average monthly software engineer salary in the United States is $10,530.50. This equates to an annual salary of $126,366.00 and a $60.75 hourly rate.

Are engineers well paid?

Engineers are well paid. The average engineer salary in the United States is $126,366.00. This salary is $67,106.00 dollars more and 117% more than the average salary in the United States, $58,260.00.

Is becoming an engineer worth it?

Becoming an engineer lends itself to many opportunities. Not only is the average engineer salary $126,366.00 giving you an opportunity to make a good living but becoming an engineer gives you an opportunity to apply software skills to something you are passionate about.

For example, if you’re interested in fashion you can become an engineer for a fashion brand that helps to sell their products online and determine what customers want most. If you’re interested in helping others you could help a company build solutions for families to receive alerts when an aging family member wanders out of the house. If you want to help solve hunger you could work with a software company to help create predictive algorithms for farmers around the world to maximize the yield on their crops.

There are countless ways you can apply what interests you to software engineering! Becoming an engineer is worth it. By becoming a software engineer you open the door to employment that you enjoy and are paid well for.

Which type of engineering has highest salary?

On average Site Reliability Engineers have the highest engineer salary. In the United States, on average they earn a base salary of $143,518.00 annually.

Site Reliability Engineers that live in Miami, FL or work remotely for a company in Miami, FL that uses the city as its benchmark to determine salary are paid the most out of all Site Reliability Engineers in the country. Site Reliability Engineers in Miami, FL earn an average engineer salary of $204,673.00 annually.

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