Staff Software Engineer Salary

Average pay for a Staff Software Engineer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $128K per year. In the world of Staff Software Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $29K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $39K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $93K and $186K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. The vast majority of Staff Software Engineers (88 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Staff Software Engineers. In this profession, nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and most have vision insurance, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$91,026 - $163,789
$91K
$130K
$160K
MEDIAN: $128,816
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$28.19 - $173.83
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MEDIAN: $70.25
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$0$186K
Salary $91,026 - $163,789
Bonus $2,033 - $29,577
Profit Sharing $986 - $39,355
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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$93,228 - $186,904
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 605
Hourly Data $0$173
Hourly Rate $28.19 - $173.83
Overtime $81.39
Annual Data $0$186K
Bonus $2,033 - $29,577
Profit Sharing $986 - $39,355
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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$93,228 - $186,904
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Principal Software Engineer. Median pay for Principal Software Engineers is $129K. Staff Software Engineers most often move into positions as Lead Software Engineers or Software Engineering Managers. Lead Software Engineers actually earn $32K less on average, however, and Software Engineering Managers earn $12K less per year than Staff Software Engineers do.

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 among the top companies that take on many Staff Software Engineers. Intuit Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $180K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider eBay Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., and Citrix Systems Inc, top-paying firms where Staff Software Engineers rake in a very impressive $152K, $151K, or $147K, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. ($99K), Dell, Inc. ($101K), and General Electric Co (GE) ($119K).

Popular Skills for Staff Software Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in RESTful Web Services, Software Architecture, Linux, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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: $139,453

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

California is a land of opportunity for Staff Software Engineers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with Mountain View, San Francisco, and Sunnyvale all offering salaries above the national rate. Staff Software Engineers in Raleigh take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 41 percent less than the national average. Employers in Austin and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (28 percent lower and 21 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
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 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

▲3%

▲3%

National Average
$139,000

▼2%

▼31%

Skills That Affect Staff Software Engineer Salaries



▲2%

▲1%


▼0%

National Average
$139,000

Software Development
▼2%

Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS
▼2%

Java/J2EE
▼3%


C++
▼8%

▼13%


SQL
▼16%

C#
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 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: 91%
vision benefits
Vision: 86%
no benefits
None: 4%
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