Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara Salary

Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara pull down an average of $121K annually. Overall incomes of Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, Calif. generally bottom out at around $97K and peak near $156K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $19K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$93,230 - $146,704
MEDIAN: $121,278

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

Local Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$93,230 - $146,704  
$0.00 - $19,392  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $19,392  
Total Pay (?
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).
$96,840 - $156,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 255
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Comp Managers: Start Here »

Senior Software Engineer Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Software Engineer

Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Santa Clara Senior Software Engineers include Nvidia Corp, EMC Corporation, Oracle Corp., Intel Corporation, and Citrix Systems Inc. The biggest paychecks can be found at Intel Corporation — the median salary there is $132K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $89K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $163K.

With a median salary of $120K, Oracle Corp. provides Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, Calif. with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $176K, limiting employee salary growth.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Software Engineer

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $119K per year. On average, Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, Calif. make $131K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $157K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Senior Software Engineer Salaries

up arrow 22%

National Average

up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Senior Software Engineer Salaries

up arrow 4%

up arrow 3%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 3%

up arrow 2%



National Average

up arrow 1%

up arrow 2%

up arrow 4%

up arrow 5%

up arrow 7%

up arrow 10%

up arrow 13%

up arrow 14%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.


5 %
95 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 5%