Staff Software Engineer Salary

Staff Software Engineers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $127K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Cash earnings for Staff Software Engineers — which occasionally include more than $26K from bonuses and more than $36K from profit sharing — stretch from around $89K to approximately $182K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by almost all, and a large number earn vision coverage. Most Staff Software Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Staff Software Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 87 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$86,611 - $160,537
$87K
$130K
$160K
MEDIAN: $126,520
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$45.78 - $147.40
$60
MEDIAN: $60.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$86,611 - $160,537  
   
Bonus
$1,981 - $25,995  
Profit Sharing
$592 - $35,895  
Total Pay (?
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$88,629 - $181,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 602
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$60.00  
   
Overtime
$73.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,981 - $25,995  
   
Profit Sharing
$592 - $35,895  
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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$88,629 - $181,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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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For Staff Software Engineers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Staff Software Engineers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Principal Software Engineer. Many Staff Software Engineers advance into roles as Lead Software Engineers or Software Engineering Managers, but the median salaries are $28K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Software Engineer


International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Qualcomm Inc, eBay Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Staff Software Engineers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Intuit Inc. offers the most; Staff Software Engineers earn $180K on average there. Other big spenders include eBay Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., and Citrix Systems Inc, top-paying firms where Staff Software Engineers see paychecks nearing $152K, $151K, or $147K.

International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Dell, Inc., and General Electric Co (GE) also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $99K, $101K, and $119K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Staff Software Engineer


Survey results imply that Staff Software Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in RESTful Web Services, Software Architecture, Linux, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include C#, SQL, and C# Programming Language. It is often found that people who know C are also skilled 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: $135,693

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. Staff Software Engineers in Raleigh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 39 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Austin and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 27 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively.

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
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
13%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Staff Software Engineer Salaries

▲6%

▲6%

▲1%

National Average
$136,000

▼30%

Skills That Affect Staff Software Engineer Salaries



▲5%

▲4%


▲2%

Software Development
▼0%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
▼0%

Java/J2EE
▼0%

National Average
$136,000


C++
▼5%

▼10%


SQL
▼14%

C#
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 92%
vision benefits
Vision: 86%
no benefits
None: 4%