A Staff Engineer in San Diego, California earns an average salary of $121,639 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Wireless Data Communications and Software Development. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$86,315 - $142,185
MEDIAN: $121,638

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$86,315 - $142,185  
$1,939 - $20,180  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $15,319  
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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).
$90,224 - $157,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Staff Engineer Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Staff Engineer Salaries

Wireless Data Communications
up arrow 12%

Software Development
up arrow 10%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 5%

up arrow 3%

C programming Language
up arrow 2%


National Average

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 6%

Test Engineering
up arrow 12%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 12%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 13%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.


9 %
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 98%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 2%