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Staff Engineer Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Staff Engineer is $92,503 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Software Development, C, C++, Wireless Data Communications, and Systems Engineering.
Staff Engineer Salary (?
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$49,648 - $132,751
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MEDIAN: $92,502
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Staff Engineer Salary (?
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$16.75 - $42.47
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,648 - $132,751  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,848  
Profit Sharing
$956 - $19,758  
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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$48,537 - $145,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,481
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.75 - $42.47  
   
Overtime
$20.57 - $49.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,848  
   
Profit Sharing
$956 - $19,758  
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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$48,537 - $145,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 138
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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
  • Collaborate to define user and technical needs, including testing.
  • Lead project management from idea generation to final product launch.
  • Design, develop, and prototype products.
  • Supervise and guide product development and testing team, classifying problems and identifying fixes.

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Pay by Experience Level for Staff Engineer

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

Pay Difference By Location

Sunnyvale
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Santa Clara
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Portland
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Phoenix
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Cincinnati
up arrow 19%
Irvine
up arrow 17%
Austin
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San Francisco
up arrow 11%
Boston
up arrow 9%
National Average
$91,000
Denver
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Houston
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Los Angeles
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Staff Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Staff Engineer?
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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Experience Affects Staff Engineer Salaries

National Average
$91,000

Skills That Affect Staff Engineer Salaries

C
up arrow 36%
C++
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Wireless Data Communications
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up arrow 9%
National Average
$91,000
Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 409 votes.

Gender

Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 4%