Average Salary for Yahoo! Inc. Employees

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Yahoo! Inc. offers a range of employment opportunities in the information technology, from Software Engineer to Software Development Engineer. Financial compensation at Yahoo! Inc. jumps well into six-figure territory; median pay is $120K. Where you live primarily drives compensation; however, your experience level and your role at the company are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Yahoo! Inc. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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About This Company

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


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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $120K per year) can be spotted in San Jose, Calif.; the company's headquarter city of Sunnyvale, Calif. ($119K), San Francisco, Calif. (around $118K), and New York, N.Y. (about $101K) are the next top-paying cities. Omaha, Neb. ranks low on the pay scale — at $41K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in California, where salaries average out at $118K annually.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $105K per year. The greater proportion of employees (37 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of $117K annually.


Earning around $150K per year on average, Principal Software Engineers receive the most money, followed by Senior Software Engineers ($140K), Program Project Managers ($130K), and Senior Software Engineers (about $122K). Financial compensation for Software Development Engineers is rather low — on average only $109K — relative to the rest of the company.

Certifications and Degrees

Sun Certified Enterprise Architects have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at approximately $158K annually. Earning a PRINCE2 Certificate Holder certification garners significant financial rewards of around $133K per year on average. Yahoo! Inc. workers who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) are also well compensated, earning about $155K on average.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Software Development; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $140K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Java; just under one in three consider it a key competency. Key skills also include JavaScript, C++, and Linux.

Benefits and Perks

Most employees report contributing to a 401(k). Nearly all survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for most survey participants also include dental insurance. The list of perks also includes a subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, gym membership, free drinks, and stock options.

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Key Stats for Yahoo! Inc.


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$47,367 - $123,919
$71,608 - $142,693
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

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