Senior Software Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing approximately $118K per year on average; Project Managers are next on the list, bringing in close to about $103K, followed by Software Engineers earning $97K and Video Game Designers making $84K. Financial compensation for Graphic Designers is rather low — on average only around $41K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $69K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of Blizzard Entertainment folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average $87K per year.
Residents of the company's headquarter city of Irvine, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is approximately $89K annually; other top-paying cities include Los Angeles, Calif. ($88K) and Austin, Texas ($82K). Across Blizzard Entertainment's U.S. offices, employees in the state of California earn the most, taking home about $86K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to around $105K annually for Certified ScrumMasters, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. It pays to have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) at Blizzard Entertainment — these employees make the most at $103K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Python; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of approximately $103K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; slightly less than one-fifth consider it a key competency. C++ Programming Language, Linux, and Adobe Photoshop are also desirable skills.
The number of male employees who participated in the survey outweighs the number of women; the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Company compensation for vacation days and sick leave is awarded to only one in four respondents. A large number of workers save for retirement through Blizzard Entertainment's 401(k) plan. Nearly all employees report having health insurance, and a solid majority of workers report having dental coverage. The list of perks also includes a casual working environment, gym membership, life insurance, and pets/dog at work.