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.
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.