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)
$86K
$120K
$140K
MEDIAN: $121,638
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$86,315 - $142,185  
   
Bonus
$1,939 - $20,180  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $15,319  
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$90,224 - $157,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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About San Diego, California

San Diego County, California
1,394,907
Male:
693,826 (49.7%)
Female:
701,081 (50.3%)
San Diego /ˌsæn diːˈeɪɡoʊ/ (Spanish for "Saint Didacus") is a major city in California, United States. It is in San Diego County, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, approximately 120 miles (190 km) south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico. With an estimated population of 1,394,928 as of July 1, 2015, San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest in California. It is part of the San Diego–Tijuana conurbation, the second-largest transborder agglomeration between the US and a bordering country after Detroit–Windsor, with a population of 4,922,723 people. San Diego is known as "the birthplace of California" and is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, long association with the United States Navy and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center. Historically home to the Kumeyaay people, San Diego was the first site visited...
San Diego:
$67,871
California:
$64,500
$1,444
San Diego:
$526,900
California:
$449,100
4.5%

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Pay by Experience Level for Staff Engineer

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

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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Staff Engineer Salaries



National Average
$127,000

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Skills That Affect Staff Engineer Salaries

Wireless Data Communications
up arrow 12%

Software Development
up arrow 10%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 5%

C++
up arrow 3%

C programming Language
up arrow 2%

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0%

National Average
$127,000

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.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

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