Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara Salary

Median pay for Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara lies in the neighborhood of $121K per year. Overall cash earnings for Santa Clara Senior Software Engineers vary widely between $97K and $156K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $19K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Experience level and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, Calif. are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$93,230 - $146,704
MEDIAN: $121,278

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$96,840 - $156,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 255
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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. Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara, Calif. seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Intel Corporation, where the median salary comes to $132K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($89K) and those starting out ($163K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $102K to just $176K — but Oracle Corp. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $120K.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Software Engineer

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

Santa Clara Senior Software Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $119K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $131K in this role. As Senior Software Engineers in Santa Clara reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $157K.

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Job Satisfaction

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


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95 %

Years of Experience

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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%