Average Staff Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Staff Engineer is $98,284.
MEDIAN $98,284
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$52k - $146k
$966 - $21k
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$506 - $22k
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$52k - $159k

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Job Description for Staff Engineer

Staff Engineer Tasks
  • Design, develop, and prototype products.
  • Supervise and guide product development and testing team, classifying problems and identifying fixes.
  • Collaborate to define user and technical needs, including testing.
  • Lead project management from idea generation to final product launch.
The top respondents for the job title Staff Engineer are from the companies Qualcomm Inc, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. and General Electric (GE) Aviation. Reported salaries are highest at Vmware, Inc. where the average pay is $157,291. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Qualcomm Inc and Lockheed Martin Corp, earning around $134,033 and $117,253, respectively. Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. pays the lowest at around $59,969. Stryker Corp. and General Electric (GE) Aviation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $96,423 and $110,083, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Staff Engineer

Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Project Management, Technical Analysis and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Engineer

An entry-level Staff Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $56,480 based on 435 salaries. An early career Staff Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $61,443 based on 1,008 salaries. A mid-career Staff Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $110,268 based on 647 salaries. An experienced Staff Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $122,834 based on 736 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $124,015.
Employees with Staff Engineer in their job title in Palo Alto, California earn an average of 62.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Santa Clara, California (39.9% more) and San Jose, California (36.8% more).

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