Updated Dec 13, 2021

How much does a Principal Software Engineer make in San Francisco, CA Area?

Updated Dec 13, 2021

Experience

$183,318 / yrTotal Pay
$158,745 / yrBase Pay
$24,573 / yrAdditional Pay

$183,318

 / yr
$48K$729K
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The estimated total pay for a Principal Software Engineer is $183,318 per year in the San Francisco, CA Area area, with an average salary of $158,745 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 $24,573 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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What are some related job titles for Principal Software Engineer?

Some related job titles are Senior Software Development Engineer Salaries with median pay of $163,594, Software Developer Salaries with median pay of $127,269, Engineering Manager Salaries with median pay of $187,006, Lead Software Engineer Salaries with median pay of $170,997.

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Informatica
4.2

Informatica

Principal Software Engineer

$179,588

 /yr
Range: $143K - $198K

$143K

$198K

$143,468 - $198,343 Range

Oracle
3.9

Oracle

Principal Software Engineer

$163,084

 /yr
Range: $96K - $206K

$96K

$206K

$95,981 - $205,678 Range

Salesforce
4.5

Salesforce

Principal Software Engineer

$243,098

 /yr
Range: $175K - $313K

$175K

$313K

$175,040 - $313,121 Range

Zynga
4.4

Zynga

Principal Software Engineer

$179,401

 /yr
Range: $153K - $216K

$153K

$216K

$153,267 - $216,231 Range

Autodesk
4.3

Autodesk

Principal Software Engineer

$179,571

 /yr
Range: $141K - $248K

$141K

$248K

$140,741 - $247,662 Range

EMC
3.7

EMC

Principal Software Engineer

$166,321

 /yr
Range: $148K - $181K

$148K

$181K

$147,671 - $181,204 Range

Workday
4.2

Workday

Principal Software Engineer

$211,418

 /yr
Range: $165K - $268K

$165K

$268K

$164,737 - $268,024 Range

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Nisum
4.0

Nisum

Principal Software Engineer

$137,805

 /yr
Range: $120K - $157K

$120K

$157K

$120,138 - $157,266 Range

NortonLifeLock
3.9

NortonLifeLock

Principal Software Engineer

$169,924

 /yr
Range: $159K - $200K

$159K

$200K

$158,833 - $200,257 Range

Splunk
4.1

Splunk

Principal Software Engineer

$223,338

 /yr
Range: $189K - $243K

$189K

$243K

$188,740 - $243,316 Range

E*TRADE
3.8

E*TRADE

Principal Software Engineer

$165,818

 /yr
Range: $147K - $179K

$147K

$179K

$147,136 - $179,259 Range

ServiceNow
4.5

ServiceNow

Principal Software Engineer

$188,674

 /yr
Range: $189K - $189K

$189K

$189K

$188,674 - $188,674 Range

LendingClub
3.7

LendingClub

Principal Software Engineer

$198,465

 /yr
Range: $161K - $213K

$161K

$213K

$160,848 - $212,656 Range

AppDynamics
4.0

AppDynamics

Principal Software Engineer

$198,007

 /yr
Range: $165K - $231K

$165K

$231K

$165,072 - $231,249 Range

Walmart
3.3

Walmart

Principal Software Engineer

$213,651

 /yr
Range: $160K - $234K

$160K

$234K

$159,840 - $234,353 Range

CA Technologies
3.9

CA Technologies

Principal Software Engineer

$161,683

 /yr
Range: $138K - $193K

$138K

$193K

$138,455 - $192,761 Range

Deem
4.1

Deem

Principal Software Engineer

$176,651

 /yr
Range: $166K - $203K

$166K

$203K

$165,925 - $202,608 Range

Risk Management Solutions
4.0

Risk Management Solutions

Principal Software Engineer

$162,168

 /yr
Range: $144K - $176K

$144K

$176K

$144,161 - $175,797 Range

Twilio
4.3

Twilio

Principal Software Engineer

$247,218

 /yr
Range: $214K - $279K

$214K

$279K

$213,682 - $279,173 Range

Veeva Systems
4.0

Veeva Systems

Principal Software Engineer

$198,833

 /yr
Range: $178K - $238K

$178K

$238K

$178,270 - $238,082 Range

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$180,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$32,000/yr
Stock Bonus$30,000/yr

7 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$100,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

9 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with 10 to 14 years of experience

$220,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

9 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$210,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

10 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with 1 to 3 years of experience

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$230,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$32,000/yr

10 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$180,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

10 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with 10 to 14 years of experience

$300,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Stock Bonus$300,000/yr

12 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$245,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$50,000/yr

14 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$257,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$50,000/yr

16 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

$160,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

17 days ago by a Principal Software Engineer with more than 15 years of experience

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Frequently asked questions about a Principal Software Engineer salaries

The average salary for a Principal Software Engineer is $174,582 per year in San Francisco, CA Area. Salaries estimates are based on 1530 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Principal Software Engineer employees in San Francisco, CA Area.

The highest salary for a Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA Area is $219,553 per year.

The lowest salary for a Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA Area is $138,822 per year.

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