Average Salary for Yahoo! Inc. Employees

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo! Inc. hires for positions ranging from Software Engineer to Software Development Engineer in the information technology. Workers at Yahoo! Inc. bring home significant six-figure salaries — on average, employees make $118K. Where you live 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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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 (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.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Software Development Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $177K per year. Java is a popular skill among Yahoo! Inc. workers, with just under one in four of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Linux, JavaScript, and C++ Programming Language.

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.

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Key Stats for Yahoo! Inc.


35 %
65 %
$49,296 - $126,291
$53,145 - $147,146

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$58,175 - $139,588
$92,552 - $136,934
$82,049 - $149,792
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