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Average Salary for McAfee, Inc. Employees

McAfee, Inc. is a computer software firm headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. that hires for Software Engineer positions, Senior Product Manager roles, and more. McAfee, Inc. workers are not strangers to large paychecks, where average earnings swell to $91K per year. Your experience level primarily drives compensation; however, what you do at the company and geography are also reported as secondary influences on salary at McAfee, Inc. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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McAfee, Inc. typically pays:
above market

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Employer: McAfee, Inc.
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.
[-]Senior Software Engineer (4)
$78,531 - $147,914  
[-]Senior Software Engineer (4)
Salary$75,014 - $133,172  
Bonus$1,991 - $18,033  
Total Pay$78,531 - $147,914  
[+]Software Engineer (3)
$62,493 - $132,550  
[+]Software Engineer (3)
Salary$64,303 - $131,014  
Bonus$1,025 - $14,582  
Total Pay$62,493 - $132,550  
[+]Senior Product Manager (3)
$93,303 - $185,628  
[+]Senior Product Manager (3)
Salary$91,554 - $162,487  
Bonus$5,351 - $35,742  
Total Pay$93,303 - $185,628  
[+]Software Development Engineer (SDE) (3)
$68,324 - $138,519  
[+]Software Development Engineer (SDE) (3)
Salary$66,428 - $123,551  
Bonus$1,775 - $16,837  
Total Pay$68,324 - $138,519  
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XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85

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Santa Clara, California 95054


Computer software, Computer, Computer security



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Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $75K annually on average. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $102K per year. The largest slice of the McAfee, Inc. workforce (34 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $97K annually.


Principal Software Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $140K per year — though Senior Product Managers, Sales Engineers, and Software Development Engineers also do fairly well at approximately $140K, around $115K, and about $113K, respectively. With salaries averaging $60K, Financial Analysts are among the lowest paid at McAfee, Inc.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($105K annually) can be spotted in Reston, Va.; San Jose, Calif. ($100K), the company's headquarter city of Santa Clara, Calif. (approximately $100K), and Portland, Ore. (around $90K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $58K) is Dallas, Texas. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Virginia, where they average to approximately $102K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $125K annually for Project Management Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. On average, salaries rise to about $110K per year for accredited Certified Information Systems Security Professionals. The highest-paying degree here is a Doctorate (PhD), Electrical Engineering (EE); McAfee, Inc. awards $137K to these degree-holders.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Microsoft SQL Server; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of around $120K annually. Project Management is a popular skill among McAfee, Inc. workers, with one-tenth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Java, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Most respondents allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. At McAfee, Inc., nearly all workers have health insurance, and almost all respondents have dental coverage. Some other perks are a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, gym membership, life insurance, and free drinks.

Key Stats for McAfee, Inc.


38 %
62 %
$44,000 - $121,513
$58,599 - $114,889
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 16 votes.
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