Senior Software Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing approximately $115K annually on average; Oracle Database Administrators are next on the list, bringing in close to around $95K, followed by Software Engineers earning $95K and Video Game Designers making $76K. On the lower end are Graphic Designers at $40K on average.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is about $45K per year. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Blizzard Entertainment employees (45 percent) have five to nine years of experience and earn approximately $82K annually on average.
Residents of Los Angeles, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $97K per year; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of Irvine, Calif. (about $83K) and Austin, Texas (around $72K). Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of $83K annually) in California.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified ScrumMasters, who make $91K per year. Earning a Certified Graphic Designer certification garners significant financial rewards of around $40K annually on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc); Blizzard Entertainment awards about $101K to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be C++; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $95K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Blizzard Entertainment is Project Management; slightly less than a fifth of employees use it for work. Three more common skills are HTML, System Administration, and Program Management.
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
Just 29 percent receive paid time off. Most respondents participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. The vast majority of survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for a large number of survey participants also include dental insurance. Some other perks are a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and life insurance.