Average Salary for Yahoo! Inc. Employees

Based in Sunnyvale, Calif.,information technology sector player Yahoo! Inc. offers many employment opportunities, including Software Engineer and Software Development Engineer positions. Yahoo! Inc. employees bring home the big bucks — six-figure salaries are common, and average pay approaches $119K per year. At Yahoo! Inc., the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is where you live — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your experience level and what you do at the company each factor into the equation as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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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 (33)
$93,444 - $160,043  
[-]Software Engineer (33)
Salary$86,952 - $133,628  
Bonus$5,051 - $22,301  
Profit Disbursement$838 - $15,188  
Total Pay$93,444 - $160,043  
[+]Senior Software Engineer (25)
$106,105 - $160,763  
[+]Senior Software Engineer (25)
Salary$96,017 - $146,490  
Bonus$9,878 - $19,866  
Profit Disbursement$1,321 - $16,511  
Total Pay$106,105 - $160,763  
[+]Software Development Engineer (SDE) (14)
$92,800 - $141,905  
[+]Software Development Engineer (SDE) (14)
Salary$88,500 - $127,451  
Bonus$12.77 - $19,574  
Total Pay$92,800 - $141,905  
[+]Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer (6)
$95,037 - $183,155  
[+]Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer (6)
Salary$93,616 - $167,328  
Bonus$2,991 - $21,518  
Total Pay$95,037 - $183,155  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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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


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

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $122K per year) can be spotted in San Francisco; San Jose (about $122K), the company's headquarter city of Sunnyvale ($118K), and Los Angeles ($101K) are the next top-paying cities. Omaha ranks low on the pay scale — at around $39K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of $118K annually) in California.

Years of Experience

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


Principal Software Engineers earn the highest median pay at $150K, followed by Senior Product Managers (approximately $147K), Senior Software Engineers (about $137K), and Senior Software Engineers ($121K). Among the lower-paid positions at Yahoo! Inc. are Software Development Engineers — typical salaries for this role approach $109K.

Certifications and Degrees

Chartered Accountants are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $190K. Sun Certified Enterprise Architects with credentials can live quite comfortably; salaries come in at $158K annually. Regarding salaries and education, Yahoo! Inc. pays those with a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science (CS) & Engineering the most — $172K.


Skill-wise, employees who report Linux as part of the toolkit report the most money, earning around $120K on average. Java is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; slightly less than a third of Yahoo! Inc.'s people use it regularly. Key skills also include JavaScript, C++, and HTML.

Benefits and Perks

A solid majority of workers save for retirement through Yahoo! Inc.'s 401(k) plan. At Yahoo! Inc., the greater part of workers have health insurance, and a strong majority of workers have dental coverage. Yahoo! Inc. employees also enjoy perks such as a subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, free drinks, a stock purchase plan, and gym membership.

Key Stats for Yahoo! Inc.


31 %
69 %
$45,456 - $124,391
$82,563 - $137,557
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 36 votes.

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