Staff Software Engineer Salary

Staff Software Engineers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $128K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total incomes of Staff Software Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $28K from bonuses and close to $39K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $93K and $186K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and a large number get vision plans, too. The vast majority of Staff Software Engineers (89 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$90,259 - $163,383
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$130K
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MEDIAN: $128,319
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$28.19 - $173.83
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MEDIAN: $62.40
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$0$185K
Salary $90,259 - $163,383
Bonus $2,020 - $27,692
Profit Sharing $979 - $39,453
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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$92,590 - $185,662
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 610
Hourly Data $0$173
Hourly Rate $28.19 - $173.83
Overtime $73.75
Annual Data $0$185K
Bonus $2,020 - $27,692
Profit Sharing $979 - $39,453
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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$92,590 - $185,662
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 10

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Job Description for Staff Software Engineer

A staff software engineer is one of the key members of an organization's technical team, working with other employees to develop, maintain, and repair company software for maximum efficiency and usability. This involves identifying problems within computer programs, creating and implementing solutions to deal with them, and keeping company technical architecture running as smoothly and effectively as possible. Staff software engineers usually work under a senior team member who develops the company's technical policies and goals, and follow this supervisor's direction to identify and resolve organizational issues and needs.

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Staff Software Engineer Tasks

  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.

Common Career Paths for Staff Software Engineer


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Staff Software Engineers who go on to become Principal Software Engineers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Principal Software Engineer, an upper-level role, pays $129K. Many Staff Software Engineers choose to become Lead Software Engineers and Software Engineering Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $31K less and $11K less, respectively.

Staff Software Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Software Engineer


International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Qualcomm Inc, eBay Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp are all popular places to work. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Intuit Inc. offers the most; Staff Software Engineers earn $180K on average there. Staff Software Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at eBay Inc. ($152K), Juniper Networks, Inc. ($151K), and Citrix Systems Inc ($147K).

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. ($99K), Dell, Inc. ($101K), and General Electric Co (GE) ($119K).

Popular Skills for Staff Software Engineer


Staff Software Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in RESTful Web Services, Software Architecture, Linux, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C#, SQL, and C# Programming Language. Those educated in C tend to be well versed in Linux.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Software Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Staff Software Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Staff Software Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 99 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Staff Software Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $137,000 based on 257 salaries. An experienced Staff Software Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $144,000 based on 311 salaries. A Staff Software Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $144,000 based on 81 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $138,254

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Staff Software Engineers in search of above-average pay will head to California: In particular, Staff Software Engineers in Mountain View, San Francisco, and Sunnyvale are the best-paid American cities for Staff Software Engineers, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. One of the biggest compensable factors for Staff Software Engineers is geography, with workers in Raleigh earning a whopping 40 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (28 percent less) and Orlando (21 percent less).

Staff Software Engineer Reviews

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

Staff Software Engineer in Cambridge:
"Working at remote Intuit site."
Pros: Great team, really good manager, fun technology, great pay and benefits, good CEO.
Cons: Politics of a big company, lots of reorgs, layoffs yearly, not alot of respect for teams that are not located at corporate headquarters.

Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale:
"Great Technology; Mediocre Management."
Pros: Juniper offers an opportunity to work with cutting edge technology on killer products. Developers are always challenged to think creatively and present their best work.
Cons: Juniper's Directors and VP's have their heads up their asses - couldn't sell a wool blanket to an Eskimo and couldn't predict a snowstorm in a blizzard. Do NOT allow your career to be mentored by one of these buffoons; take whatever technology you can learn and quickly leave the company for the next job offer before HR turns you into the next statistic during RIF season A.) Marketing has no clue - (look what happened to Netscreen and their security products) B.) HR is living in the dark ages - recently implemented a "no vacation" policy; routinely enforces stack-ranking and yearly "lay-offs" to cull the bottom ranks. C.) Managers have no loyalty - will throw you under the bus when projects head south, to keep themselves from looking bad and becoming one of the bottom feeders. It's a very cut-throat, un-friendly, sometimes hostile place to work.

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Key Stats for Staff Software Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Staff Software Engineer Salaries

▲4%

▲4%

National Average
$138,000

▼1%

▼31%

Skills That Affect Staff Software Engineer Salaries



▲3%

▲2%


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National Average
$138,000

Software Development
▼1%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
▼2%

Java/J2EE
▼2%


C++
▼7%

▼12%


SQL
▼15%

C#
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 92%
vision benefits
Vision: 86%
no benefits
None: 4%
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