Average Software Engineer Salary in Santa Clara, California

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The average salary for a Software Engineer in Santa Clara, California is $112,002.
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$82k - $156k

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Job Description for Software Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Software Engineer are from the companies Intel Corporation, Nvidia Corp and Apple Computer, Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Apple Computer, Inc where the average pay is $129,883. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Nvidia Corp and Arista Networks, earning around $127,264 and $116,790, respectively. Cisco Systems Inc pays the lowest at around $95,449. Applied Materials Inc and Intel Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $105,000 and $107,612, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Engineer

Skills in C++ Programming Language, Python and C Programming Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include JavaScript and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Engineer

An entry-level Software Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $100,314 based on 66 salaries. An early career Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $109,311 based on 247 salaries. A mid-career Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $120,292 based on 79 salaries. An experienced Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $145,635 based on 31 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $150,000.
Employees with Software Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 4.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (1.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (26.8% less), San Diego, California (22.9% less) and Boston, Massachusetts (19.3% less).

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