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Average Salary for Blizzard Entertainment Employees

Based in Irvine, California, computer and video game industry industry player Blizzard Entertainment offers many employment opportunities, including Software Engineer and Video Game Designer positions. A salary of $83K per year is the going rate at Blizzard Entertainment. For the most part, employee paychecks at Blizzard Entertainment fluctuate depending on your experience level; your role at the company and where you live also matter, but to a lesser degree. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

How This Employer Pays

Blizzard Entertainment typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Employer: Blizzard Entertainment
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Software Engineer (6)
$61,853 - $145,315  
[-]Software Engineer (6)
Salary$63,962 - $121,934  
Bonus$1,493 - $16,625  
Profit Disbursement$915 - $16,961  
Total Pay$61,853 - $145,315  
[+]Associate Software Engineer (2)
$42,929 - $80,897  
[+]Associate Software Engineer (2)
Profit Disbursement$621 - $10,747  
Total Pay$42,929 - $80,897  
[+]Video Game Designer (2)
$39,370 - $121,112  
[+]Video Game Designer (2)
Salary$39,596 - $91,085  
Total Pay$39,370 - $121,112  
[+]Systems Administrator (2)
$57,955 - $116,234  
[+]Systems Administrator (2)
Bonus$1,344 - $15,909  
Total Pay$57,955 - $116,234  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Blizzard Entertainment Details

Irvine, California


Computer and video game industry, Video game


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Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, paychecks typically reach about $50K. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (47 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make around $77K annually.


Earning approximately $95K on average, Software Engineers receive the most money, followed by Video Game Designers ($66K).


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

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Sun Certified Java Programmer certainly has its perks — salaries approach approximately $93K and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Certified ScrumMasters with credentials; these people typically earn $82K per year. Those with a Bachelor's Degree at Blizzard Entertainment come out on top, and their salaries approach $58K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have may be .NET; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $127K. A common skill in Blizzard Entertainment's work force is Project Management; just over a fifth of survey participants report using it on the job. Three more common skills are C++, HTML, and Adobe Photoshop.


Men make up the majority of employees in a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Blizzard Entertainment gives paid vacation days to 38 percent and sick leave to 29 percent. Nearly all workers save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for a solid majority of workers and dental coverage for a strong majority of workers. A few more workplace perks are a casual working environment, gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and life insurance.

Key Stats

12 %
88 %
$43,349 - $101,302
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

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