Average Salary for Blizzard Entertainment Employees

Operating out of Irvine, Calif., computer and video game industry industry company Blizzard Entertainment employs talent in positions ranging from Software Engineer to Video Game Designer. Blizzard Entertainment employees typically bring home $83K annually. The most important factor affecting pay for Blizzard Entertainment employees is how long you've been working, though your role at the company and geography play a role as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Blizzard Entertainment typically pays:
below market
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Employer: Blizzard Entertainment
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
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[-]Software Engineer (5)
$61,400 - $147,250  
[-]Software Engineer (5)
Salary$65,389 - $115,193  
Bonus$1,634 - $19,232  
Profit Disbursement$971 - $17,310  
Total Pay$61,400 - $147,250  
[+]Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Senior Tester (2)
$28,575 - $55,329  
[+]Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Senior Tester (2)
Total Pay$28,575 - $55,329  
[+]Systems Administrator (2)
$56,869 - $115,381  
[+]Systems Administrator (2)
Bonus$1,228 - $16,623  
Total Pay$56,869 - $115,381  
[+]Front End Developer / Engineer (2)
$46,417 - $91,462  
[+]Front End Developer / Engineer (2)
Total Pay$46,417 - $91,462  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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About This Company

Irvine, California 


Computer and video game industry, Video game


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Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make around $50K. The greater proportion of employees (47 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home $77K per year.


Bringing in the most money are Software Engineers — their earnings average about $95K. Video Game Designers are a close second at $66K.


Residents of Los Angeles pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $90K annually; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of Irvine (approximately $81K) and Austin ($64K). Across Blizzard Entertainment's U.S. offices, employees in the state of California earn the most, taking home around $81K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to about $93K for Sun Certified Java Programmers, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Certified ScrumMasters with credentials; these people typically earn $82K annually. Blizzard Entertainment provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor's Degree — these employees rake in $58K per year.


The highest-paying skill to have may be .NET; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of approximately $127K. Project Management is regularly seen around here; between a fifth and a fourth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. A typical employee's toolkit also contains C++, HTML, and Adobe Photoshop.


Blizzard Entertainment's employees are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

38 percent have paid vacation, and only about 29 percent can take paid time off for illness. To plan for old age, the vast majority of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for a solid majority of workers and dental coverage for a strong majority of workers. Privileges also include a casual working environment, gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and life insurance.

Key Stats for Blizzard Entertainment


12 %
88 %
$43,349 - $101,302
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

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