Software Engineer Salary in San Francisco

Software Engineers in San Francisco can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $101K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. bottoms out near $71K and approaches $140K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $19K from bonuses and almost $40K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The vast majority (88 percent) of San Francisco Software Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$70,796 - $130,425
(Median)
$71K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $100,566
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$20.43 - $86.81
(Median)
$20
$42
$87
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,796 - $130,425  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,889  
Profit Sharing
$20.13 - $39,947  
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).
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$70,977 - $140,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,957
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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.
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$20.43 - $86.81  
   
Overtime
$29.80 - $85.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,889  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.13 - $39,947  
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).
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$70,977 - $140,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Engineer in San Francisco, California


Dominating the field, Google, Inc., Salesforce.com, Inc., Twitter, Yelp! Inc., and Apple Computer, Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Software Engineers in San Francisco. With a median salary of $128K, Salesforce.com, Inc. offers Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $107K and are capped at $146K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Google, Inc., Twitter, and Yelp! Inc., where earnings of $123K, $122K, or $120K are standard for San Francisco Software Engineers.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Cisco Systems Inc ($105K), Oracle ($110K), and Apple Computer, Inc ($115K).

Pay by Experience Level for Software Engineer in San Francisco, California

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $100K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $116K. Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $128K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $137K.

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Experience Affects Software Engineer in San Francisco, California Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%



National Average
$103,000


Skills That Affect Software Engineer in San Francisco, California Salaries

Objective-C
up arrow 7%

C
up arrow 4%

Ruby
up arrow 4%

Python
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Ruby on Rails
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JavaScript
0%

Linux
0%

National Average
$103,000

Java
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C++
up arrow 1%

SQL
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PHP
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UNIX
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C#
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 249 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 6%
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