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Software engineer
Rank: 1 of 50
Top job in field: Release Engineer
GRADES: Stress: B   /   Flexibility: B   /   Creativity: A   /   Difficulty: C

Average pay: $80,427
  Salary Total compensation
(includes bonus)
75% in this career make more than: $67,362 $70,369
50% in this career make more than: $76,294 $78,518
25% in this career make more than: $86,530 $89,822
Top potential compensation (5% make more):   $147,338

10-year job growth: 46.07%
Total jobs 2004: 800,050
Forecast 2014: 1,168,639
Average annual growth (including new jobs and net replacement): 44,770

Career description
Computer software engineers apply the principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis to the design, development, testing, and evaluation of the software and systems that enable computers to perform their many applications.

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