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Software Engineer Salary and Duties 2024

Software Engineer Salary and Duties

Most people and institutions prefer to keep their salaries secret, but mostly it doesn’t stay that way.

The salary information is very important to job seekers and Students. Today most people don’t just do courses, they go in with all they have on programs that pay. Before choosing a course at the university most students will search the salary of such professionals before taking them.

Sometimes even without checking the salary your parents quickly tell you not to become a certain professional, this is because looking at their lifestyle, it seems they are not making it and not just one but many.

Having insight into the salary range will help you make certain informed choices.

The question that may beat you in an interview room will be ” How much do you want us to pay you”? Or what’s your salary expectation?  When you mention too high an amount you may lose the offer, if you mention something too small they may give you the job and you start regreting almost immediately.

So before you go, Search for the salary and have an idea.

Software Engineer Salary

In the US it’s about $80.5 an Hour and it can be better depending on your expertise level and years of experience.

In Ghana it’s about GHS 15,000 but with other incentives, mostly it depends on your location and your expertise.



A software engineer is responsible for designing, building, and shipping software. Right from prototyping and designing functional code to coding and testing, they take ownership of the software until it is handed over to the client (internal or external).

Here are the most common responsibilities for software engineers:

  • Applying software engineering principles to analyze problem-solve, and design a solution
  • Developing and executing project plans
  • Creating technical specifications
  • Designing and developing test cases
  • Adopting Agile methodologies to develop software
  • Analyzing existing systems to provide recommendations for improvement
  • Ensuring proper documentation
  • Monitoring system performance and performing predictive maintenance
  • Performing system risk and reliability analysis
  • Assessing new technologies before adoption and implementation

Skills and Qualifications

Here, list the skills and qualifications applicants must possess to be shortlisted:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in computer science or related field
  • Proficient in Java, C++ and other object-oriented programming languages
  • Hands-on experience working with technologies (mention the technologies that you use, such as Hadoop, Pig, Oozie, MapReduce, Spark, Sqoop, Kafka, Flume, etc.)
  • Strong DevOps focus
  • Experience building and deploying infrastructure with cloud deployment technologies (mention the technologies you use)
  • Well-versed in designing, debugging, and documentation
  • Prior experience working with test-driven development and automated testing frameworks
  • Experience with Scrum/Agile development methodologies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Analytical and logical thinking
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work without supervision

Preferred Qualifications

Use this section to add the “good to have” qualifications. This is especially relevant when you are hiring for entry- or junior-level positions and should not expect highly qualified candidates.

Here are some examples of preferred qualifications for software engineers:

  • Worked as technical lead
  • Experience building APIs and services using REST, SOAP, JSON, RPC, etc.
  • Experience with automation technologies such as Apache Ant, Jenkins, and Maven (if you use commercial tools such as Bamboo, Travis CI, etc., mention it here)
  • Ability to update and manage GitHub repositories

You may also include other details such as benefits you offer, what to include with an application (e.g., if you want a GitHub portfolio), any conditions to employment, and/or an equal employment opportunity statement for legal reasons. Additionally, mention whether you allow work from home or flextime.


Peter N. Djangmah is a multifaceted individual with a passion for education, entrepreneurship, and blogging. With a firm belief in the power of digital education and science, I am affectionately known as the Private Minister of Information. Connect with me

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