Staff Software Engineer Salary (United States)

A Staff Software Engineer earns an average salary of $112,933 per year. A skill in Linux is associated with high pay for this job.
Staff Software Engineer Total Pay (?
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$76,279 - $143,518
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$76,279 - $143,518  
   
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$1,473 - $20,201  
Profit Sharing
$1,035 - $27,148  
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$78,487 - $157,478  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 779
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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
  • Write, modify, and debug software.
  • Design and develop application components.
  • Test and document software.
  • Analyze requirements and transform them into technical designs.

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Pay Difference By Location

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$119,000
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Staff Software Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Staff Software Engineer at Juniper Networks, Inc.?
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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Experience Affects Staff Software Engineer Salaries

National Average
$119,000

Skills That Affect Staff Software Engineer Salaries

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JavaScript
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Java/J2EE
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C
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Software Architecture
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$119,000
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
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1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 93%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 3%
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