Average Salary for Symantec Corporation Employees

Symantec Corporation is a computer software sector firm headquartered in Cupertino, Calif. that hires for Principal Software Engineer positions, Software Engineer roles, and more. Symantec Corporation employees can expect to earn a comfortable salary, with average pay hovering around $99K per year. Though your experience level and geography are influential salary factors for those at Symantec Corporation, what you do at the company turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This synopsis is derived from responses to the PayScale's salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Symantec Corporation typically pays:
above market
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above market
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Employer: Symantec Corporation
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.
[-]Principal Software Engineer (19)
$118,825 - $158,759  
[-]Principal Software Engineer (19)
Salary$112,068 - $148,806  
Bonus$4,932 - $14,201  
Total Pay$118,825 - $158,759  
[+]Software Engineer (13)
$57,868 - $101,849  
[+]Software Engineer (13)
Salary$76,901 - $102,226  
Bonus$997 - $15,381  
Total Pay$57,868 - $101,849  
[+]Technical Support Engineer (9)
$36,117 - $86,697  
[+]Technical Support Engineer (9)
Salary$37,597 - $84,466  
Total Pay$36,117 - $86,697  
[+]Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer (8)
$44,860 - $118,151  
[+]Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer (8)
Salary$50,614 - $113,530  
Total Pay$44,860 - $118,151  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 208
United States (change)

About This Company

20330 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, California 95014


Computer software, Computer, Prepackaged Software, Computer security


Symantec, Symantec Corp

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Bringing in the most money are Principal Software Engineers — their earnings average $130K. Quality Assurance Engineers are a close second at around $107K along with Senior Software Engineers (approximately $105K) and Software Quality Assurance Engineers (about $94K). On the lower end are Technical Support Engineers at $51K.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make $80K. Survey participants who have worked at Symantec Corporation for between five and ten years earn approximately $95K on average. The largest fraction of Symantec Corporation people (32 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn $116K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $140K per year) can be spotted in San Francisco; Mountain View (around $110K), San Jose ($106K), and Culver City ($87K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at around $80K) is Minneapolis. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of California; salaries there average to $109K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to $148K for Pragmatic Marketing Certifieds, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Certified ScrumMasters also rank high on the pay scale, with expected earnings of approximately $125K per year. Regarding salaries and education, Symantec Corporation pays those with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) the most — $146K.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Java; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $112K. It's pretty common to find people here who know C++; close to a seventh consider it a key competency. Employees also tend to know Project Management, SQL, and C.

Benefits and Perks

A 401(k) program is available, and the vast majority of workers use it to save for retirement. Almost all employees receive health insurance, and a solid majority of workers get dental coverage. Privileges also include a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, gym membership, and life insurance.

Key Stats for Symantec Corporation


33 %
67 %
$51,998 - $127,216
$58,969 - $119,534
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 51 votes.

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