What’s the Software Engineer Hourly Rate in the USA in 2021-2022?


Olga Demidenko
Author, Geomotiv
Published: Feb 1, 2021

Outsourcing is a hot topic among software companies in the USA and around the world. Many businesses opt for expert development teams to create full-fledged tech solutions to compete on the market instead of hiring in-house.

Different reports confirm the growth of outsourced projects in 2020. In particular, Businesswire found a significant increase in the global IT outsourcing market volume in 2020. It reached US$342.9 billion and grew by 2.6% since 2019. The report anticipates it to hit US$410.2 billion of value by the end of 2027.

Revenue of IT outsourcing in the USA is currently valued at $92.7 billion. It has grown by 8% since 2018 and accounts for the highest revenue share in North America, as reported by Grand View Research.

What are the Reasons for Outsourcing?

Enabling focus on core business, decreased time-to-market, enhancing security issues are some top reasons for outsourcing that we previously discussed in our IT outsourcing guide. However, that is not what primarily sets the direction of the market trajectory. One of the key drivers in this regard is the reduction of project costs. This point fuels market growth most of all for software companies in the USA. 

Considering the growing share of US-based businesses that outsource, many companies set their eyes on ways to optimize and cut project costs. As a considerable part of the budget covers a software developer hourly rate, companies are looking to save on these payments. 

The size of the developer's rate in the USA can raise the eyebrows of potential customers. Many of them wonder if the enormous bills of US-based companies are justified. However, it is necessary to consider additional factors that come into play.

What’s Included in the Rate?

The average hourly rate for software developer includes several items of the company's hiring and employing a specialist. To estimate the particular ones, we’ve fetched and analyzed the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Here’s what the allocation of costs looks like:

Now, let’s consider what is included in each of the cost items:

Employee compensation: the main part of expenditures, which accounts for 50-60% of the budget.

Fixed benefits (20-25%): additional costs that a company has to cover. Some basic ones include: 

  • Legally required benefits (social security, medicare, unemployment insurance)
  • Health insurance (disability, dental, life)
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement savings
  • Annual bonus
  • Supplemental pay (overtime and premium)
  • Employment training tax

It is also necessary to consider overhead costs (10-15%) associated with the company’s day-to-day operations:

  • Rent and utilities
  • Employee perks: provided lunch, corporate events, coaching, etc.
  • Office supplies: furniture, electronics, and technical supplies, etc.
  • Time on bench and research projects.

Company’s profit (10-15%) is one of the company’s core investment sources. 

Now that you know what is included in software developers’ rate let's look at what rates US-based companies offer their specialists.

What Rates are at Software Companies in the USA?

If you want to hire a software engineer in NYC or any other US-based developer, you need to factor in their company’s size.

About $100-200 for a developer’s work per hour is more common among employees of a small company. They typically consist of 10-100 team members. A mid-sized company housing up to 1000 employees can offer their specialists $200 - $300 hiring rates. Such companies have an extensive tech stack and a vast pool of talented developers for immediate project needs.

The premium price tag applies to the largest players on the market that work with high-profile projects of reasonably large companies or governments. Reputed companies with an extensive case history of successful projects position themselves in the category as well. In this case, an hourly rate for software developer will range from $250 to $600. Much will depend on the tech stack’s complexity and required skill level of a specialist, too. 

Every project is unique, but we can calculate how much a development team will cost on average. 

Typical staffing necessities for an average project will include the following roles:

  • Project Manager
  • Mid-level front-end developer
  • Mid-level back-end developer
  • Senior full-stack developer
  • QA engineer

Now let’s take a look at their rates.

RoleAverage Rates in the USA
Project Manager$110-150
Mid-Level Front-End Developer$120-135
Mid-Level Back-End Developer$130-140
Senior Full-Stack Developer$155-190
QA Engineer$99-105

A full stack developer hourly rate is the highest in the USA.

Generally, software development companies in the USA work within the same price range.  However, we can find some differences when it comes to large business hubs.

For example, according to Clutch the hourly rate for software engineer in San Francisco varies from $150 to $200 for most registered companies. The research of this reputed catalog has shown that the majority of software development companies in New York offer a $100-200 hourly rate range for their specialists.

So, What about Belarus?

After a detailed look at the USA rates, let's compare the above regions’ average rates with those in Belarus on our company’s example. 

What's the hourly rate for a software developer and other specialists at Geomotiv? Here’s the breakdown of what our specialists earn per hour.

RoleRates at Geomotiv
Project Manager$40-45
Middle Back-end developer$35-40
Middle Front-end developer$35-40
Senior Full-Stack developer$45-50
QA Engineer$25-30

Geomotiv’s developers, QAs, and Project managers charge less than their US-based counterparts while offering similar or even higher service quality.


The difference in software developer rates per hour across the globe can become a good reason for outsourcing. It can save you millions of dollars and give a more significant competitive advantage to your business. So, instead of hiring someone at a sky-scraping senior software engineer contractor hourly rate in the US, you can engage our developers.

Geomotiv is a US-based software development company with regional development centers in Belarus and Ukraine. With extensive expertise across domains and a vast pool of diverse talent, we provide the most optimal quality-price ratio for prospective partners. Our software developers can perform the same amount of tasks with the same quality for just $35-50 per hour. 

Save on budget costs and access a talented workforce with the necessary qualifications.

Our clients don’t have to worry about transparency issues and communication hurdles as well. We provide flexible cooperation conditions that target the specific needs of your business.

Contact us to find out more about other perks of outsourcing to Geomotiv!



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