Software Engineer in San Francisco Salary

Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($103K) annually. Total cash compensation to Software Engineers in San Francisco approaches anywhere from $74K on the lower end to $144K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $41K from profit sharing. Experience level and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male San Francisco Software Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Engineers in San Francisco. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$74,231 - $134,423
(Median)
$74K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $103,070
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$22.15 - $78.40
(Median)
$22
$41
$78
MEDIAN: $41.00
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Local Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,231 - $134,423  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,659  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $40,918  
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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$73,911 - $144,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,348
Local Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$22.15 - $78.40  
   
Overtime
$28.97 - $85.38  
Local Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,659  
   
Profit Sharing
$991 - $40,918  
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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$73,911 - $144,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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Google, Inc., Salesforce.com, Inc., Yelp! Inc., Twitter, and Cisco Systems Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of San Francisco Software Engineers. Apple Computer, Inc pays the most with a median salary of $130K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $61K to a high of $176K. Twitter, Salesforce.com, Inc., and Yelp! Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. earning around $126K, $126K, or $126K at each firm, respectively.

Pivotal Labs offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $103K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $93K to $122K. Other low-paying employers include Appdynamics at $103K and Linkedin Corporation at $107K, though some Software Engineers in San Francisco there earn up to $199K.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Engineer

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


For Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif., more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $103K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, San Francisco Software Engineers make a median salary of $131K. 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 $135K.

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Experience Affects Software Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%



National Average
$107,000


Skills That Affect Software Engineer Salaries

Objective-C
up arrow 7%

Ruby
up arrow 2%

C++
up arrow 1%

Ruby on Rails
up arrow 1%

Linux
up arrow 1%

C
up arrow 1%

Java
0%

Python
0%

National Average
$107,000

JavaScript
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UNIX
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 5%

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PHP
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C#
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 260 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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