Senior Software Engineer Salary in Santa Clara

For Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, annual average wages total $120K per year. Final cash compensation to Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, Calif. varies from around $98K to approximately $155K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $16K and $19K, respectively. Career length and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to most. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$96,063 - $144,250
MEDIAN: $119,950

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$96,063 - $144,250  
$0.00 - $15,781  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$98,288 - $154,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, Calif. include Nvidia Corp, EMC Corporation, Oracle Corp., Intel Corporation, and Citrix Systems Inc. Those at Intel Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $137K.

Oracle Corp. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $120K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $102K to $176K.

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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For Santa Clara Senior Software Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $117K per year. Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, Calif. with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $130K. Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $165K.

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 4%