The highest paychecks go to Senior Software Engineers, who earn an average $116K per year, closely trailed by Software Engineers (approximately $95K), Linux System Administrators ($70K), and User Interface Designers (about $59K). Among the lower-paid positions at Blizzard Entertainment are Graphic Designers — the median salary for this role approaches $40K.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make around $62K annually on average. The largest slice of the Blizzard Entertainment workforce (34 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, about $80K per year.
Residents of the company's headquarter city of Irvine, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $82K annually; other top-paying cities include Austin, Texas (approximately $82K) and Los Angeles, Calif. (around $72K). The highest pay by state can be found in Texas, where salaries average out at $82K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $70K annually for Cisco Certified Network Associates, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Blizzard Entertainment workers who hold a Master of Science (MS) are also well compensated, earning $114K on average.
Employees who count Python among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is about $107K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Blizzard Entertainment is C++ Programming Language; one-sixth of employees use it for work. Other skills in demand are Project Management, Adobe Photoshop, and Linux.
At Blizzard Entertainment, there are significantly more males who responded to the survey than females — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just 23 percent. A large number of survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Nearly all workers receive health insurance, and a strong majority of workers get dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are a casual working environment, gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.