Average Senior Staff Engineer Salary in San Diego, California

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The average salary for a Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, California is $148,542.
MEDIAN $148,542
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$119k - $161k
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$8k - $20k
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$117k - $186k

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Senior Staff Engineer
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Director of Engineering
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Popular Skills for Senior Staff Engineer

Skills in Engineering Design, Software Development and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Staff Engineer

A mid-career Senior Staff Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $146,637 based on 5 salaries. An experienced Senior Staff Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $148,612 based on 40 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $153,337.
Employees with Senior Staff Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 15.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Santa Clara, California (8.9% more) and San Jose, California (5.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Irvine, California (27.7% less), Chicago, Illinois (26.9% less) and Austin, Texas (10.6% less).

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