Software Engineer Salary in San Francisco (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, slightly less than two-thirds of Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $97,243 per year. Pay ranges from $66,251 on the low end to $132,679 per year on the higher side. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Most Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. 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
(Median)
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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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MEDIAN: $39.00
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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  
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

Salesforce.com, Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $122,859, though salaries there max out at $141K.
Oracle offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $108,387. Also approaching the lower end are Google, Inc. at $118,847 and Twitter at $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.
In most cases, Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Starting salaries hover around $100K but quickly overtake six figures to $107K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $120K after 10 to 20 years. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Software Engineers in San Francisco, Calif. 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 percent 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. Most of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.
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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%