When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($143K per year) can be spotted in San Francisco, Calif.; Mountain View, Calif. ($116K), San Jose, Calif. (about $104K), and Los Angeles, Calif. (around $95K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Eugene, Ore.; in fact, at approximately $54K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of California, where they average to $113K annually.
Principal Software Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing approximately $128K per year on average; Quality Assurance Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to $116K, followed by Senior Software Engineers earning around $103K and Software Quality Assurance Engineers making $94K. Technical Support Engineers are among the lowest paid at a median salary of about $53K.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $75K annually. For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $101K per year. The largest slice of the Symantec Corporation workforce (34 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $117K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Information Security Managers are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to around $165K per year. Certified Information Systems Security Professionals also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of approximately $133K annually. The best paid folks at Symantec Corporation have a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering (CE), earning $117K per year.
In this position, it pays to have C in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of about $104K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Java; close to an eighth consider it a key competency. Other skills in demand are C++, Project Management, and SQL.
Benefits and Perks
Almost all survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the vast majority of workers, and nearly all workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Other privileges include a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, gym membership, and life insurance.