The UK ranked as the fourth best nation to be a software engineer, behind America, Switzerland and Canada, survey reveals

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19th May 2022 11:18 - Engineering

The UK ranked as the fourth best nation to be a software engineer, behind America, Switzerland and Canada: A recent survey into the average annual salaries of software engineers from different nations has uncovered that the UK offers the fourth best salary (£54,801 per annum). The US ranked top, with an average annual salary of £76,521.
 
Switzerland and Canada complete the top three with average salaries of £72,198 and £56,819 respectively per annum.
 
The poll by Codingame observed participants from their community of over two-million developers and tech recruiters, in an attempt to uncover more about the average salaries in the industry. The study also found that over four in 10 American respondents earned over £80,000 per year, with 5% saying their salary was over £160,000 per year.
 
While their average salary in the UK might be lower than those in the US, Switzerland and Canada, software engineers still earn more than the national average, according to the research.
 
In contrast, the study also identified the countries that offer the lowest wages for the industry, with Tunisia ranking bottom with an average salary of £13,405 per annum. Furthermore, Morocco and India were listed as the countries with the second and third lowest wages for software engineers, with average annual salaries of £14,620 and £15,605 respectively.
 
Europe was shown to be the best continent to be a software engineer, with five of the top 10 nations being in Europe. Behind Switzerland and the UK, Germany ranked as the next best European country, in sixth, with an average annual salary of £48,995.
 
France and Spain ranked in as ninth and tenth position, with average annual salaries of £38,003 and £31,492 respectively.
 
Although it may seem like software engineers should apply their trade in the US, the study does not take into account the cost-of-living in each individual country; which could explain the higher salaries in certain places.


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