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Software Engineer Salary in San Francisco (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, just under two-thirds of San Francisco Software Engineers report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $95K annually. Final cash compensation to Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. varies from around $66K to approximately $133K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $16K and $18K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Nearly all enjoy medical while a solid majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to most. Most Software Engineers in San Francisco report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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  
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  
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

With a median salary of $123K, 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 $105K and are capped at $141K.
Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Google, Inc.

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 San Francisco Software Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $93K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $107K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $120K in this role. Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. 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 $129K. A fair portion of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up fewer than one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise close to an eighth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than two percent.
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Experience Affects Software Engineer in San Francisco, California Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%
National Average
$97,000

Skills That Affect Software Engineer in San Francisco, California Salaries

C
up arrow 6%
JavaScript
up arrow 2%
Python
up arrow 1%
Ruby on Rails
up arrow 1%
Linux
up arrow 1%
National Average
$97,000
Java
up arrow 1%
Oracle
up arrow 1%
PHP
up arrow 3%
SQL
up arrow 5%
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C++
up arrow 6%
UNIX
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C#
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ASP.NET
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
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%