Average Software Engineer Salary in San Jose, California

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The average salary for a Software Engineer in San Jose, California is $113,095.
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$81k - $144k
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$997 - $30k
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$81k - $161k

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Job Description for Software Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Software Engineer are from the companies Cisco Systems Inc, Paypal, Inc. and eBay Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Apple Computer, Inc where the average pay is $126,908. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Adobe Systems Incorporated and eBay Inc., earning around $120,694 and $116,724, respectively. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. pays the lowest at around $107,250. Intel Corporation and Cisco Systems Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $112,945 and $115,829, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Engineer

Skills in Python, C++ Programming Language 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 $100,056 based on 241 salaries. An early career Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $111,973 based on 920 salaries. A mid-career Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $122,873 based on 325 salaries. An experienced Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $134,370 based on 163 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $152,563.
Employees with Software Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 4.3% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (27.3% less), Austin, Texas (25.6% less) and San Diego, California (23.4% less).

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