How much does a Chief Software Engineer make? The average Chief Software Engineer salary is $150,078 as of October 27, 2022, but the salary range typically falls between $131,136 and $168,700. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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Chief Software Engineer Salary in Major Cities

This chart shows the salary comparison for Chief Software Engineer between major cities. San Francisco City consistently ranks #1 as of October 27, 2022. Click on the chart to see the detail salary data for Chief Software Engineer in each city.
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City Name Average Salary
San Francisco, CA $187,598
Washington, DC $167,067
Miami, FL $146,103
Chicago, IL $159,217
Boston, MA $169,093
New York, NY $180,544
Dallas, TX $149,103
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What is the average salary for Chief Software Engineer in 2022?
These charts show the average base salary (core compensation), as well as the average total cash compensation for the job of Chief Software Engineer in the United States. The base salary for Chief Software Engineer ranges from $131,136 to $168,700 with the average base salary of $150,078. The total cash compensation, which includes base, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $139,378 to $181,648 with the average total cash compensation of $158,450.
Average Salary Average Salary Range
Base Salary $150,078 $131,136 - $168,700
Bonus $8,371 $8,242 - $12,948
Total Pay $158,450 $139,378 - $181,648
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What's the difference between Chief Software Architect and Chief Software Engineer?
According to our latest salary estimation on October 27, 2022. The average salary of Chief Software Engineer is $150,078, and the average salary of Chief Software Architect is $176,220. The average salary of Chief Software Architect is higher than Chief Software Engineer. ( 2022-10-27 salary.com )
I am a Chief Software Engineer, which location’s salary is higher, Boston, MA or Norwalk, CT?
Norwalk, CT typically sees higher pay than Boston, MA for Chief Software Engineer. a Chief Software Engineer Salary in Norwalk, CT is $172,704 as of October 27, 2022; a Chief Software Engineer Salary in Boston, MA is $169,093 as of October 27, 2022. ( 2022-10-27 salary.com )
Why does the salary of a Chief Software Engineer vary from city to city?
The cost of living is tied to salaries. If the expenses are higher in a particular city, then the wage level will be higher as well to afford the people can opportunity to live there. This is why you're always going to make more money in New York City for example, than in a small town. ( 2022-10-27 salary.com )
What are the Pay Factors for Chief Software Engineer?
Salary ranges for a Chief Software Engineer can vary widely, depending on the city and several other pay factors, including (but not limited to) education level, certifications, additional skills, and work experience. Click here to view Eight Factors That Can Affect Your Pay ( 2022-10-27 salary.com )
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Last Update: October 27, 2022