Earning $118K annually on average, Senior Software Engineers receive the most money, followed by Project Managers (approximately $103K), Software Engineers (about $97K), and Video Game Designers (around $84K). Graphic Designers are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $41K.
Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $69K per year on average. The greater proportion of employees (40 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of around $87K annually.
Residents of the company's headquarter city of Irvine, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $89K per year; other top-paying cities include Los Angeles, Calif. (approximately $88K) and Austin, Texas (about $82K). By state, the highest compensation levels appear in California, where the average salary is $86K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified ScrumMaster certainly has its perks — salaries approach $105K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. At Blizzard Entertainment, employees who hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) receive the highest salaries at approximately $103K.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Python; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $103K annually. Project Management is a popular skill among Blizzard Entertainment workers, with just under a fifth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are C++ Programming Language, Linux, and Adobe Photoshop.
Men make up the majority of employees who took the survey in a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Merely a quarter of respondents at Blizzard Entertainment earn paid vacation and paid sick time. Most respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for nearly all respondents, and a solid majority of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, gym membership, life insurance, and pets/dog at work.