Average Salary for Yahoo! Inc. Employees

Yahoo! Inc. is a information technology firm headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. that hires for Software Engineer positions, Software Development Engineer roles, and more. With average pay surpassing six figures at Yahoo! Inc. ($120K), workers enjoy generous pay. Geography plays the largest role in compensation at Yahoo! Inc., but how long you've been working and your role at the company affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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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 ($120K annually) can be spotted in San Francisco, Calif.; the company's headquarter city of Sunnyvale, Calif. (around $119K), San Jose, Calif. ($118K), and Los Angeles, Calif. (about $105K) are the next top-paying cities. At approximately $40K, Omaha, Neb. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of $118K per year) in California.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is about $105K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (36 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make $117K per year on average.


Principal Software Engineers earn the highest median pay at approximately $150K annually, followed by Senior Software Engineers ($140K), Program Project Managers ($130K), and Senior Software Engineers (around $121K). Near the bottom at Yahoo! Inc. are Software Development Engineers, pulling in an average of just about $109K.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Sun Certified Enterprise Architects, who make approximately $158K per year. On average, salaries rise to $133K annually for accredited PRINCE2 Certificate Holders. Yahoo! Inc. provides the highest financial reward to those with a Doctorate (PhD) — these employees rake in $130K per year.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Software Development; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of around $140K annually. Java is regularly seen around here; just under one in three of those surveyed report it as a core competency. JavaScript, C++, and HTML were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

A large number of employees save for retirement through Yahoo! Inc.'s 401(k) plan. For nearly all survey participants, benefits include health insurance, and a large number of survey participants get dental coverage, too. The company also dishes out perks such as a company cell phone, a casual working environment, gym membership, free drinks, and stock options.

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Key Stats for Yahoo! Inc.


35 %
65 %
$46,060 - $126,634
$77,566 - $142,850
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 30 votes.

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