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Software Engineer Salary in San Francisco

Software Engineers in San Francisco receive generous compensation — earning an average of $100K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Final cash compensation to Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. varies from around $70K to approximately $138K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $17K and $40K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most San Francisco Software Engineers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$70,100 - $129,655
(Median)
$70K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,866
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50%
90%

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$20.24 - $96.96
(Median)
$20
$41
$97
MEDIAN: $41.00
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90%

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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
$70,100 - $129,655  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,855  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $39,933  
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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$70,312 - $138,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,890
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$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$20.24 - $96.96  
   
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,855  
   
Profit Sharing
$961 - $39,933  
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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$70,312 - $138,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71

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Many Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. can be found at Google, Inc., Salesforce.com, Inc., Twitter, Cisco Systems Inc, and Oracle, firms that are at the top of the field. Those at Apple Computer, Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $128K. Also paying near the top of the field are Salesforce.com, Inc. at $128K, Google, Inc. at $122K, and Twitter, where San Francisco Software Engineers annually earn $122K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cisco Systems Inc ($109K), Oracle ($110K), and Yelp! Inc. ($113K).

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

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $99K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $114K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $126K in this role. Software Engineers in San Francisco who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $137K.

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Experience Affects Software Engineer in San Francisco, California Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$102,000


Skills That Affect Software Engineer in San Francisco, California Salaries

Objective-C
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C
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Python
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JavaScript
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Ruby on Rails
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Linux
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National Average
$102,000

Java
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C++
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Oracle
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PHP
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SQL
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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 258 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 6%
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