When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $130K annually) can be spotted in San Jose, Calif.; the company's headquarter city of Sunnyvale, Calif. ($120K), San Francisco, Calif. (approximately $119K), and New York, N.Y. ($118K) are the next top-paying cities. Portland, Ore. ranks low on the pay scale — at around $42K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Within the firm, employees working in California take home the most — $119K per year on average.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is around $103K annually. The greater proportion of employees (36 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of about $115K per year.
The highest paychecks go to Principal Software Engineers, who earn an average approximately $157K annually, closely trailed by Senior Software Engineers ($140K), Software Developers ($130K), and Software Engineers ($121K). Near the bottom at Yahoo! Inc. are Business Development Managers, pulling in an average of just $98K.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified ScrumMasters are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $134K per year. Acquiring certification to be a Sun Certified Java Programmer is rewarded with median pay of $115K annually. At Yahoo! Inc., employees who hold a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) receive the highest salaries at $165K.
Benefits and Perks
Most survey participants participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the vast majority of survey participants, and most employees report receiving dental coverage as well. The list of perks also includes a company cell phone, a casual working environment, free drinks, stock options, and gym membership.