Average pay for a Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, Calif. is considerable, rounding six figures at $123K per year. With some bonuses approaching $20K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $14K, overall incomes of Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara spread between $98K and $162K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Though the majority of Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, Calif. do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$93,033 - $151,002
MEDIAN: $123,210

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$93,033 - $151,002  
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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).
$98,111 - $161,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 258

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About Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara County, California
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62,938 (49.9%)
Santa Clara (/ˌsæntəˈklærə/) is a city in Santa Clara County, California, named after the Spanish mission that was established there in 1777. The city's population was 116,468 at the 2010 United States Census, making it the ninth-most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Located 45 miles (72 km) southeast of San Francisco, the city was founded in 1777 and incorporated in 1852. The city is the site of the eighth of 21 California missions, Mission Santa Clara de Asís, and was named after the mission. The Mission and Mission Gardens are located on the grounds of Santa Clara University. Saint Clare is the patron saint of Santa Clara. Santa Clara is located in the center of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of several high-tech companies such as Intel. It is also home to Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of California. Levi's...
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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Software Engineer

Nvidia Corp, EMC Corporation, Intel Corporation, Oracle Corp., and Citrix Systems Inc are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Santa Clara Senior Software Engineers. Although salaries only range from $101K to just $166K, Nvidia Corp still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $136K.

Salaries are easily beat at Oracle Corp., where median pay comes to just $118K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $102K and ending at $178K, range in salary is rather small.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Software Engineer

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

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $121K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, Santa Clara Senior Software Engineers make a median salary of $134K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $157K.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 4%