Nearing the top of the pay scale are Senior Software Engineers, Software Engineers, Linux System Administrators, and 3D Artists; while the first receives the highest median pay at $116K per year, the other salaries come in at around $95K, $70K, and $50K, respectively.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make approximately $64K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of Blizzard Entertainment folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average about $86K 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 around $86K annually; other top-paying cities include Los Angeles, Calif. (approximately $83K) and Austin, Texas ($82K). Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Texas, where they average to $82K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Cisco Certified Network Associates, who make $70K annually. At Blizzard Entertainment, employees who hold a Master of Science (MS) receive the highest salaries at about $114K.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Python; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of around $107K per year. Project Management is regularly seen around here; a little less than a fifth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Three more common skills are C++ Programming Language, Linux, and Adobe Photoshop.
Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Blizzard Entertainment lets only 22 percent take paid vacation and only 30 percent take sick leave. A large number of workers set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). For almost all employees, benefits include health insurance, and a strong majority of survey participants get dental coverage, too. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, gym membership, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.