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Average Salary for Yahoo! Inc. Employees

Yahoo! Inc. is a information technology firm headquartered in Sunnyvale, California that hires for Software Engineer positions, Software Development Engineer roles, and more. Yahoo! Inc. employees bring home the big bucks — six-figure salaries are common, and average pay approaches $119K per year. The most important factor affecting pay for Yahoo! Inc. employees is your city, though how long you've been working and your job title play a role as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

Yahoo! Inc. typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Similar companies include:
Google, Inc., Cisco Systems Inc, Apple Computer, Inc
Employer: Yahoo! 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.
[-]Software Engineer (32)
$93,246 - $154,393  
[-]Software Engineer (32)
Salary$86,708 - $129,363  
Bonus$4,848 - $18,383  
Profit Disbursement$1,001 - $15,359  
Total Pay$93,246 - $154,393  
[+]Senior Software Engineer (26)
$106,772 - $160,253  
[+]Senior Software Engineer (26)
Salary$96,310 - $146,058  
Bonus$9,892 - $19,727  
Profit Disbursement$1,397 - $15,793  
Total Pay$106,772 - $160,253  
[+]Software Development Engineer (SDE) (13)
$88,719 - $142,289  
[+]Software Development Engineer (SDE) (13)
Salary$84,494 - $127,955  
Bonus$12.67 - $19,727  
Total Pay$88,719 - $142,289  
[+]Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer (6)
$93,790 - $184,155  
[+]Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer (6)
Salary$93,200 - $165,540  
Bonus$2,786 - $20,046  
Total Pay$93,790 - $184,155  
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XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
)     Estimated Range (?
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: 7 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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Yahoo! Inc. Details

701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, California 94089


Information technology, Computer software, Open-source software, Search, Search engine, Geographic Information System, Search Engine Marketing, Computer Integrated Systems Design, Media, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals


Yahoo, Yahoo Inc, Yahoo Inc., Yahoo!, Yahoo! Inc

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Median pay is highest in San Francisco (around $122K annually), followed by San Jose ($122K), the company's headquarter city of Sunnyvale (about $118K), and Los Angeles ($101K). At $39K, Omaha is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of California; salaries there average to approximately $118K per year.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, paychecks typically reach around $103K. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (36 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make about $115K annually.


The highest paychecks go to Senior Product Managers, who earn $147K, closely trailed by Senior Software Engineers (approximately $137K), Program Project Managers ($132K), and Senior Software Engineers ($121K). Among the lower-paid positions at Yahoo! Inc. are Software Development Engineers — typical salaries for this role approach about $109K.

Certifications and Degrees

Chartered Accountants receive bigger paychecks ($190K) than those without credentials. Earning a Sun Certified Enterprise Architect certification garners significant financial rewards of $158K per year. At Yahoo! Inc., employees who hold a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science (CS) & Engineering receive the highest salaries at around $172K.


In this position, it pays to have Linux in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $120K. A common skill in Yahoo! Inc.'s work force is Java; just under one in three of survey participants report using it on the job. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with JavaScript, C++, and HTML.

Benefits and Perks

A solid majority of workers participate in a 401(k) program. Perks cover health insurance for almost all employees and dental coverage for the greater part of workers. Some other advantages of working at Yahoo! Inc. are a company cell phone, a casual working environment, free drinks, a stock purchase plan, and gym membership.

Key Stats

30 %
70 %
$45,302 - $121,763
$82,766 - $138,206
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

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