Staff Engineer Salary

The average salary for a Staff Engineer is $94,414 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are C++ Programming Language, C++, Systems Engineering, and Test Engineering. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$51,271 - $139,546
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$95K
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MEDIAN: $94,751
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$19.59 - $35.91
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MEDIAN: $25.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,271 - $139,546  
   
Bonus
$807 - $19,761  
Profit Sharing
$491.69 - $20,373  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$50,642 - $149,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,261
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.59 - $35.91  
   
Overtime
$22.70 - $48.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$807 - $19,761  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$491.69 - $20,373  
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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$50,642 - $149,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 151

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Job Description for Staff Engineer

Staff engineers may perform a wide variety of job duties depending on their field and the specific discipline of engineering required for their industry and company. Staff engineers work in a multitude of industries and settings, include medical laboratories, oil rigs, aerospace, and information technology; in each of these industries, there are more specified fields. For example, in aerospace, an organization may have different staff engineers for chemical engineering to create the formula for the rocket fuel; staff engineers for mechanical engineering, designing the engines for the rockets; and staff engineers working in the laboratory testing systems to ensure they work properly and efficiently.

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Staff Engineer Tasks

  • Design, develop, and prototype products.
  • Supervise and guide product development and testing team, classifying problems and identifying fixes.
  • Collaborate to define user and technical needs, including testing.
  • Lead project management from idea generation to final product launch.

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Pay by Experience Level for Staff Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Staff Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Staff Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 619 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Staff Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 342 salaries. An experienced Staff Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 394 salaries. A Staff Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $121,000 based on 146 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,915

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Staff Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Staff Engineer?

Staff Engineer in King of Prussia:
"Staff engineer."
Pros: I enjoy learning new things often when I go out in the field.
Cons: I don't like being told where to go last minute.

Staff Engineer in Laurel:
"If You're A New Graduate, Don't Work Here."
Pros: Great benefits. Good pay. Flexible, relaxed environment with nice people. Flexibility in what you work on.
Cons: Incredibly low raises. Coworkers are only cordially friendly rather than actually friendly because most are over 40, and have families and other responsibilities. There's flexibility in what you work on, but that's a double edged sword, because if you don't like your group, you can be forced to stay in it because you can do some work in another group. Management is only given 5% time (2 hours per week) to manage 9-15 people. In addition, management doesn't really seem to care. There are no 360 reviews, so if management isn't doing well, it doesn't really matter. Pay is not really tied to performance reviews. Everyone treats you like you're senior staff, so if you're new, you're on your own. If you're a physics major, you're just screwed because no one wants someone who is smart, they want someone who can do what they need done. The hallways are incredibly quiet and there's very little socialization.

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Key Stats for Staff Engineer

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 214 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Staff Engineer Salaries

▲38%

▲34%

▲22%

National Average
$91,000

▼35%

Skills That Affect Staff Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 5%
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