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Annual Software Salary and Jobs Report

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2022 started with a bang and while the demand for software engineers remained high over the entire year, things cooled a bit in the second half of the year.

Salary Data

At all levels, software engineers and engineering leaders saw salary increases in 2022 from the previous year. Engineers with 5-10 years of experience enjoyed the sharpest increase of 9.3% in base salary. Engineers with less than 2 years of experience saw an increase of 7.4%.

From 2020 to 2021, salaries jumped by more than 8% at all levels coming out of the recession. Perhaps this is why we saw a more modest increase for most segments in 2022.


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