Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Systems Engineer make in San Diego, CA?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

Experience

Industry

$110,341 / yrTotal Pay
$82,932 / yrBase Pay
$27,409 / yrAdditional Pay

$110,341

 / yr
$73K$171K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Systems Engineer is $110,341 per year in the San Diego, CA area, with an average salary of $82,932 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $27,409 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Total Pay Trajectory

For Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

$110,341 /yr
Systems Engineer
$151,596 /yr
Senior Systems Engineer
$184,033 /yr
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Related Job Titles

For Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

Some related job titles are Network Administrator Salaries with median pay of $72,394, Network Engineer Salaries with median pay of $89,061, System Admin Salaries with median pay of $93,148, Linux Salaries with median pay of $122,867.

Top Paying Companies

For a Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA. Employers include Wind River, Cisco Systems and Apple.

1
Wind River
$199,342/yr
3
Apple
$188,434/yr

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Systems EngineerSee 2,170 salaries from this location

$154,717

 / yr

$125,828

 / yr

$129,166

 / yr

$154,948

 / yr

$142,575

 / yr

$123,964

 / yr

$129,921

 / yr

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$130,356

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$148,814

 / yr

$125,514

 / yr

$157,379

 / yr

$169,763

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$124,880

 / yr

$121,979

 / yr

$127,104

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$129,768

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$121,842

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Top Paying Industries

For a Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

The top 5 paying industries for a Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA are Media & Communication with a median total pay of $160,864, Insurance with a median total pay of $154,028, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology with a median total pay of $149,133, Financial Services with a median total pay of $140,544, and Manufacturing with a median total pay of $138,934.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Media & CommunicationMedia & Communication$160,864

    18% Higher than other industries

  • InsuranceInsurance$154,028

    14% Higher than other industries

  • Pharmaceutical & BiotechnologyPharmaceutical & Biotechnology$149,133

    11% Higher than other industries

  • Financial ServicesFinancial Services$140,544

    6% Higher than other industries

  • ManufacturingManufacturing$138,934

    5% Higher than other industries

Media & Communication

The top paying company in Media & Communication for Systems Engineer is PlayStation.

PlayStationPlayStation$160,864/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Information Technology?

Overall demand for information technology workers will continue to grow as companies increasingly rely on data and technology. Individual job outlook varies by profession; demand for more specialized jobs, like cybersecurity analysts, is expected to grow significantly, while other jobs are vulnerable to outsourcing. IT jobs, which are particularly well-suited for remote work, usually require higher education or certifications and offer higher than average salaries.

How does the Systems engineer salary in San Diego, CA compare to the national average salary in US for the same job?

The average salary for a Systems engineer in US is $92,379 per year based on 30,501 salary contributions, which is 12.03% less than the salary for a Systems engineer in San Diego, CA. The cost of living and the local demand for the work are among the factors affecting wages. The top 3 companies in US where a Systems engineer gets the highest compensation are B4Corp, Palo Alto Networks and Aruba Networks, Inc.. Bigger companies typically pay 21.45% more than smaller companies for a Systems engineer.

Recent Salaries Shared

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Job Title

Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date or Time

Systems Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$80,000

/yr

Submitted 2 days ago

1-3 years
2 days ago
Systems Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 7-9 years

$120,000

/yr

$115K | $5K

Submitted 2 days ago

7-9 years
2 days ago
Systems Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 10-14 years

$94,000

/yr

$92K | $2K

Submitted 2 days ago

10-14 years
2 days ago
Systems Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$100,700

/yr

$100K | $700

Submitted 2 days ago

1-3 years
2 days ago
Model Based Systems Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 4-6 years

$136,500

/yr

$135K | $2K

Submitted 3 days ago

4-6 years
3 days ago
Cfd Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 4-6 years

$27,000

/mo

$9K | $18K

Submitted 3 days ago

4-6 years
3 days ago
Product Systems Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$96,000

/yr

$92K | $4K

Submitted 4 days ago

1-3 years
4 days ago

Systems Engineer pay FAQ in San Diego, CA

The average salary for a Systems Engineer is $82,932 per year in San Diego, CA. Salaries estimates are based on 40682 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Systems Engineer employees in San Diego, CA.

The highest salary for a Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA is $121,161 per year.

The lowest salary for a Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA is $56,765 per year.

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