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Average Staff Engineer Salary

$100,423
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$7,206
Bonus
$14,000
Commission
$5,037
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Staff Engineer is $100,423.
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$54k
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$100k
90%
$152k
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$54k - $152k
Bonus
$978 - $21k
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$512 - $23k
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$53k - $164k
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What Do Staff Engineers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Staff Engineer

3.7 out of 5
(502)
Highly Satisfied
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The top respondents for the job title Staff Engineer are from the companies Qualcomm Inc, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. Reported salaries are highest at Northrop Grumman Corporation where the average pay is $163,458. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Qualcomm Inc and Lockheed Martin Corp, earning around $136,172 and $116,855, respectively. Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. pays the lowest at around $61,266. Stryker Corp. and UTC Aerospace Systems also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $95,293 and $112,845, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Staff Engineers?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Staff Engineers?

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 $57,935 based on 238 salaries. An early career Staff Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $63,118 based on 1,054 salaries. A mid-career Staff Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $111,720 based on 569 salaries. An experienced Staff Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $126,267 based on 772 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $129,084.
Employees with Staff Engineer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 39.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (33.1% more) and Austin, Texas (30.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (32.5% less), Houston, Texas (27.1% less) and Los Angeles, California (15.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,975 survey responses.
Entry Level
8.0%
Early Career
35.4%
Mid Career
19.1%
Experienced
25.9%
Late Career
11.5%