|Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing||75,890|
|Computer systems design and related services||71,890|
|Architectural, engineering, and related services||70,090|
|Management of companies and enterprises||67,260|
Median annual earnings of computer systems software engineers who worked full time in 2002 were about $74,040. The middle 50 percent earned between $58,500 and $91,160. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $45,890, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $111,600. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of computer systems software engineers in 2002 are shown below:
|Scientific research and development services||$82,270|
|Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing||76,200|
|Computer systems design and related services||73,460|
|Wired telecommunications carriers||68,510|
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, starting salary offers for graduates with a bachelorís degree in computer engineering averaged $51,343 in 2003, and those with a masterís degree averaged $64,200. Starting salary offers for graduates with a bachelorís degree in computer science averaged $47,109.
According to Robert Half International, starting salaries for software engineers in software development ranged from $64,250 to $97,000 in 2003.
In addition to typical benefits, computer software engineers may be provided with profit sharing, stock options, and a company car with a mileage allowance.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook