Average Salary for Blizzard Entertainment Employees

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Blizzard Entertainment offers a range of employment opportunities in the computer and video game industry, from Senior Software Engineer to Software Engineer. The median salary at Blizzard Entertainment is $76K annually. Though how long you've been working and geography are influential salary factors for those at Blizzard Entertainment, your role at the company turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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About This Company

Irvine, California 

1991

Computer and video game industry, Video game

2,700


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Jobs

Nearing the top of the pay scale are Senior Software Engineers, Software Engineers, Linux System Administrators, and 3D Artists; while the first receives the highest median pay at $116K per year, the other salaries come in at around $95K, $70K, and $50K, respectively.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make approximately $64K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of Blizzard Entertainment folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average about $86K per year.

Locations

Residents of the company's headquarter city of Irvine, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is around $86K annually; other top-paying cities include Los Angeles, Calif. (approximately $83K) and Austin, Texas ($82K). Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Texas, where they average to $82K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Cisco Certified Network Associates, who make $70K annually. At Blizzard Entertainment, employees who hold a Master of Science (MS) receive the highest salaries at about $114K.

Skills

The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Python; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of around $107K per year. Project Management is regularly seen around here; a little less than a fifth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Three more common skills are C++ Programming Language, Linux, and Adobe Photoshop.

Gender

Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Blizzard Entertainment lets only 22 percent take paid vacation and only 30 percent take sick leave. A large number of workers set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). For almost all employees, benefits include health insurance, and a strong majority of survey participants get dental coverage, too. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, gym membership, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

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Key Stats for Blizzard Entertainment

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %
Salary
$78,705
Salary
$48,867 - $105,627

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
17%
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