Average Senior Staff Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Senior Staff Engineer is $137,115.
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$71k - $173k
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$976 - $30k
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$72k - $190k

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Job Description for Senior Staff Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Senior Staff Engineer are from the companies Qualcomm Inc, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. and Stryker Corp.. Reported salaries are highest at Lockheed Martin Corp where the average pay is $159,020. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and Qualcomm Inc, earning around $153,420 and $152,213, respectively. Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. pays the lowest at around $66,064. Brown and Caldwell and Stryker Corp. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $68,273 and $104,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Staff Engineer

Skills in Software Development and Engineering Design, Semiconductor are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Analysis, Project Management and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Staff Engineer

An entry-level Senior Staff Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $60,521 based on 7 salaries. An early career Senior Staff Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,082 based on 61 salaries. A mid-career Senior Staff Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $119,752 based on 105 salaries. An experienced Senior Staff Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $146,504 based on 252 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $142,758.
Employees with Senior Staff Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 25.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Santa Clara, California (18.0% more) and San Jose, California (13.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (20.8% less) and Austin, Texas (4.1% less).

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