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Senior Software Engineer Salary in Santa Clara

Average Santa Clara Senior Software Engineers make around $118K annually. In the world of Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, overall income ranges from $98K near the bottom to $152K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, Calif. — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$94,203 - $144,208
MEDIAN: $118,034

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$94,203 - $144,208  
$0.00 - $15,397  
Profit Sharing
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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).
$98,155 - $152,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, California

Nvidia Corp, EMC Corporation, Oracle Corp., Intel Corporation, and Citrix Systems Inc are among the top companies that take on many Santa Clara Senior Software Engineers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Intel Corporation — the median salary there is $137K.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, California

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

For Santa Clara Senior Software Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $115K per year. Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, Calif. claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $129K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Software Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $157K.

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Skills That Affect Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, California Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.


6 %
94 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 5%