Average Experienced Senior Staff Engineer Salary

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The average salary for an Experienced Senior Staff Engineer is $146,504.
MEDIAN $146,504
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$104k - $178k
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$5k - $30k
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$108k - $198k

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Job Description for Senior Staff Engineer

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Staff Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Senior Staff Engineer are from the companies Qualcomm Inc, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. Reported salaries are highest at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. where the average pay is $164,848. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Lockheed Martin Corp, earning around $161,521. Stryker Corp. pays the lowest at around $98,456. Qualcomm Inc also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $151,672.

Career Paths

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Senior Staff Engineer
Senior Principal Engineer
Project Engineer
Director of Engineering
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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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 $68,756 based on 65 salaries. A mid-career Senior Staff Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $120,375 based on 88 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 20.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Mountain View, California (17.1% more) and Santa Clara, California (11.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Austin, Texas (10.3% less).

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