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Software Engineer Average Salary in India 2022

How much money does a Software Engineer make in India?

Average Monthly Salary
30,500 INR
( 366,000 INR yearly)


A person working as a Software Engineer in India typically earns around 30,500 INR per month. Salaries range from 14,300 INR (lowest) to 48,200 INR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Software Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Software Engineer Salary Distribution in India

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Software Engineer salaries in India range from 14,300 INR per month (minimum salary) to 48,200 INR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 32,300 INR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Software Engineer(s) are earning less than 32,300 INR while the other half are earning more than 32,300 INR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Software Engineer(s) are earning less than 21,000 INR while 75% of them are earning more than 21,000 INR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Software Engineer(s) are earning less than 42,600 INR while 25% are earning more than 42,600 INR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Software Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Software Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Software Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 16,500 INR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 22,800 INR per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 32,400 INR per month, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Software Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 39,500 INR per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 41,700 INR per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 45,500 INR per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Software Engineer average salary change by experience in India

0 - 2 Years
16,500 INR
2 - 5 Years+38%
22,800 INR
5 - 10 Years+42%
32,400 INR
10 - 15 Years+22%
39,500 INR
15 - 20 Years+6%
41,700 INR
20+ Years+9%
45,500 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Software Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Software Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level monthly India Software Engineer
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Software Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Software Engineer is 19,700 INR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 31,200 INR per month, 58% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 43,400 INR per month, 39% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Software Engineer average salary difference by education level in India

Certificate or Diploma
19,700 INR
Bachelor's Degree+58%
31,200 INR
Master's Degree+39%
43,400 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in India costs anywhere from 160,000 Indian Rupee(s) to 479,000 Indian Rupee(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Software Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly India Software Engineer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Software Engineer employees in India earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

32,800 INR
28,700 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in India for all Careers

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Software Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in India

How much are annual salary increments in India for Software Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Software Engineer

Software Engineer(s) in India are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

India / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in India is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in India for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Software Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in India

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate India Software Engineer
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A Software Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Software Engineer Average Hourly Wage in India

180 INR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in India is 180 INR. This means that the average Software Engineer in India earns approximately 180 INR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Software Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Software Engineer and Information Technology monthly India
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The average salary for Software Engineer is 8% less than that of Data Analysis. Also, Data Analysis salaries are 3% more than those of Information Technology.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Business Intelligence Analyst32,500 INR+7%
Business Systems Analyst28,100 INR-8%
Data Quality Analyst30,100 INR-1%
Director of Application Development45,100 INR+48%
Disaster Recovery Analyst29,300 INR-4%
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect39,700 INR+30%
ERP Analyst32,900 INR+8%
Functional Analyst31,700 INR+4%
Information Technology Training Analyst31,300 INR+3%
OPS Manager42,800 INR+40%
Reporting Analyst30,100 INR-1%
Salesforce Administrator29,300 INR-4%
SOA Analyst29,900 INR-2%
Software Analyst30,100 INR-1%
Software Architect30,100 INR-1%
Software Engineer30,500 INR+0%
Solutions Architect41,600 INR+36%
Systems Analyst29,700 INR-3%
Systems Architect30,500 INR+0%
Technical Analyst26,500 INR-13%
Technology Business Analyst31,300 INR+3%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
agra27,500 INR
Ahmadabad34,400 INR
Bangalore35,400 INR
Bhopal30,600 INR
Chennai33,800 INR
Coimbatore31,000 INR
Delhi33,900 INR
Ghaziabad30,000 INR
Hyderabad32,800 INR
Indore29,800 INR
Jaipur33,500 INR
Kanpur31,800 INR
Kolkata32,900 INR
Lucknow33,300 INR
Ludhiana30,300 INR
Madurai27,200 INR
Mumbai34,900 INR
Nagpur30,200 INR
Patna29,000 INR
Pimpri-Chinchwad30,700 INR
Pune33,600 INR
Surat34,600 INR
Vadodara28,000 INR
Visakhapatnam28,900 INR

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Andaman & Nicobar Islands26,700 INR
Andhra Pradesh35,600 INR
Arunachal Pradesh28,100 INR
Assam33,400 INR
Bihar38,600 INR
Chandigarh27,100 INR
Chhatisgarh33,000 INR
Dadra & Nagar Haveli25,700 INR
Daman & Diu26,000 INR
Delhi32,300 INR
Goa27,500 INR
Gujarat34,600 INR
Haryana32,800 INR
Himachal Pradesh29,600 INR
Jammu & Kashmir31,300 INR
Jharkhand35,100 INR
Karnataka34,200 INR
Kerala33,800 INR
Lakshadweep24,700 INR
Madhya Pradesh35,400 INR
Maharashtra37,400 INR
Manipur28,600 INR
Meghalaya29,300 INR
Mizoram28,800 INR
Nagaland28,200 INR
Orissa34,100 INR
Pondicherry29,300 INR
Punjab31,900 INR
Rajasthan36,000 INR
Sikkim28,500 INR
Tamil Nadu34,700 INR
Tripura30,700 INR
Uttar Pradesh36,800 INR
Uttaranchal29,400 INR
West Bengal37,200 INR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in India earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
31,000 INR
Public Sector+5%
32,700 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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