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Average Salary for Yahoo! Inc. Employees

Operating out of Sunnyvale, Calif., information technology company Yahoo! Inc. employs talent in positions ranging from Software Engineer to Software Development Engineer. Yahoo! Inc. employees bring home the big bucks — six-figure salaries are common, and average pay approaches $119K per year. Geography primarily drives compensation; however, your experience level and what you do at the company are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Yahoo! Inc. This report is based on responses to 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 (38)
$96,707 - $170,019  
[-]Software Engineer (38)
Salary$89,396 - $147,949  
Bonus$5,128 - $22,458  
Profit Disbursement$920 - $17,203  
Total Pay$96,707 - $170,019  
[+]Senior Software Engineer (21)
$96,299 - $177,372  
[+]Senior Software Engineer (21)
Salary$94,600 - $155,621  
Bonus$9,819 - $23,607  
Profit Disbursement$1,357 - $17,048  
Total Pay$96,299 - $177,372  
[+]Software Development Engineer (SDE) (16)
$96,893 - $141,174  
[+]Software Development Engineer (SDE) (16)
Salary$88,084 - $126,440  
Bonus$2,056 - $19,288  
Profit Disbursement$860 - $15,491  
Total Pay$96,893 - $141,174  
[+]Software Developer (5)
$69,529 - $173,801  
[+]Software Developer (5)
Salary$69,148 - $147,769  
Bonus$2,261 - $25,185  
Total Pay$69,529 - $173,801  
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XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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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: 8 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 248

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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 ($119K per year) can be spotted in the company's headquarter city of Sunnyvale, Calif.; San Jose, Calif. ($118K), San Francisco, Calif. (about $117K), and New York, N.Y. ($103K) are the next top-paying cities. At around $38K, Omaha, Neb. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Within the firm, employees working in California take home the most — approximately $117K annually on average.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $105K per year. The largest slice of the Yahoo! Inc. workforce (35 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, around $116K annually.


Principal Software Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing about $150K per year on average; Senior Software Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to $140K, followed by Program Project Managers earning approximately $130K and Senior Software Engineers making $121K. Software Development Engineers make an average around $108K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Certifications and Degrees

Sun Certified Enterprise Architects earn $158K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. On average, salaries rise to $133K per year for accredited PRINCE2 Certificate Holders. At Yahoo! Inc., employees who hold a Doctorate (PhD) receive the highest salaries at approximately $130K.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Software Development; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $127K annually. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Java; approximately one-third deem it necessary for work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with JavaScript, C++, and Linux.

Benefits and Perks

Most respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Nearly all employees report having health insurance, and most workers report having dental coverage. Perks also include a subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, free drinks, gym membership, and a stock purchase plan.

Key Stats for Yahoo! Inc.


34 %
66 %
$45,113 - $125,952
$80,475 - $139,780
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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