Software Engineer Salary in San Francisco (United States)

Approximately two-thirds of Software Engineers in San Francisco report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $97,243 annually on average. Pay ranges from $66,251 on the low end to $132,679 per year on the higher side. Overall cash earnings for Software Engineers in San Francisco stretch from $65,511 on the lower end to $125,688 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $15,517 from bonuses and $18,125 from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and most get vision benefits. Most San Francisco Software Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Software Engineer in San Francisco, California Salary (?
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$65,511 - $125,688
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MEDIAN: $95,129
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Software Engineer in San Francisco, California Salary (?
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$20.05 - $83.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,511 - $125,688  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,517  
Profit Sharing
$510 - $18,125  
Total Pay (?
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$66,251 - $132,679  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,565
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$20.05 - $83.84  
   
Overtime
$29.19 - $84.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,517  
   
Profit Sharing
$510 - $18,125  
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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$66,251 - $132,679  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Engineer in San Francisco, California

Though highest salaries can be found at Salesforce.com, Inc.—median pay is $122,859—there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $105K and reaching $141K.
Oracle offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $108,387. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Google, Inc. ($118,847) and Twitter ($119,985).

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
San Francisco Software Engineers with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Starting salaries hover around $100K but quickly overtake six figures to $107K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $120K after 10 to 20 years. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, San Francisco Software Engineers encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $129K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than 10 of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 12 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 1 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Experience Affects Software Engineer in San Francisco, California Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$97,000

Skills That Affect Software Engineer in San Francisco, California Salaries

C
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JavaScript
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Python
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Ruby on Rails
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Linux
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National Average
$97,000
Java
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Oracle
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PHP
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SQL
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C++
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UNIX
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C#
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ASP.NET
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 246 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 6%
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