Average Salary for Nuance Communications, Inc. Employees

Seattle, Wash.-based Nuance Communications, Inc. hires for positions ranging from Senior Software Engineer to Software Engineer in the software development industry. The average Nuance Communications, Inc. employee earns $77K annually. What you do at the company is the biggest factor affecting pay for Nuance Communications, Inc. workers, followed by where you live and how long you've been working. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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How This Employer Pays

Nuance Communications, Inc. typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Employer: Nuance Communications, Inc.
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
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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.
[-]Medical Transcriptionist (10)
$11,836 - $47,678  
[-]Medical Transcriptionist (10)
Salary$13,758 - $43,245  
Bonus$120.70 - $3,027  
Total Pay$11,836 - $47,678  
[+]Senior Software Engineer (7)
$68,188 - $127,799  
[+]Senior Software Engineer (7)
Salary$66,112 - $119,050  
Bonus$1,139 - $15,294  
Total Pay$68,188 - $127,799  
[+]Software Engineer (7)
$53,438 - $111,763  
[+]Software Engineer (7)
Salary$54,568 - $101,033  
Bonus$873 - $10,072  
Total Pay$53,438 - $111,763  
[+]Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) (4)
$34,033 - $67,041  
[+]Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) (4)
Total Pay$34,033 - $67,041  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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About This Company

Seattle, Washington 

Software Development


Nuance Communications

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The highest paychecks go to Principal Software Engineers, who earn around $130K, closely trailed by Quality Assurance Engineers ($100K), Senior Software Engineers (approximately $90K), and Software Engineers (about $76K). Among the lower-paid positions at Nuance Communications, Inc. are Medical Transcriptionists — typical salaries for this role approach $19K.


Median pay is highest in Boston ($105K per year), followed by Burlington (around $95K), Philadelphia (about $83K), and the company's headquarter city of Seattle (approximately $81K). Melbourne ranks low on the pay scale — at $65K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Within the firm, employees working in Massachusetts take home the most — $101K annually on average.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years tend to make $81K. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (29 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $66K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to $131K for Certified ScrumMasters, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Cisco Certified Network Associates with credentials; these people typically earn about $105K annually. Nuance Communications, Inc. provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration — these employees rake in approximately $150K per year.


In this position, it pays to have C++ in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $89K. Java is regularly seen around here; slightly less than one-fifth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Microsoft Office were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

The vast majority of workers participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. A solid majority of workers can count on health insurance, and a strong majority of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. Additional benefits of working here are a stock purchase plan, life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and free drinks.

Key Stats for Nuance Communications, Inc.


46 %
54 %
$24,328 - $92,964
$60,172 - $123,911
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

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