It’s no secret software engineers are in high demand, and with salary and compensation among the top influencers when job candidates are deciding where to work, some employers are paying more in hopes of luring in the very best tech talent.
In Glassdoor’s latest report, we uncover the 25 Highest Paying Companies for Software Engineers (2013)¹, identifying employers offering the highest average annual base salary for software engineers over the past 12 months.
Salaries by Company
Juniper Networks takes the #1 spot as the network equipment manufacturer offers its software engineers an average annual base salary of $159,990. Highlights among the top 25 include Yahoo ranking #3 ($130,312: average annual software engineer base salary) under CEO Marissa Mayer’s leadership, Twitter at #5 ($124,863) as the social media giant prepares to go public, and Walmart at #8 ($122,110), ahead of Facebook at #9 ($121,507). All top 25 companies pay above the national annual average software engineer base salary of $92,790, based on more than 33,000 salary reports over the past year. Check out the complete results:
In addition, some notable companies that did not crack the top 25 include Dell ($99,748: average annual software engineer base salary), Citrix Systems ($96,649), Texas Instruments ($95,815), IBM ($93,716) and EMC ($91,599).
Salaries & Employers Hiring By City
When comparing average annual software engineer base salaries and the number of employers currently hiring for software engineers across 20 of the largest U.S. cities, the West Coast leads the way. Software engineers in the San Francisco Bay Area earn the highest average annual base salary ($111,885), followed by those in Seattle ($103,196) and San Diego ($93,993) to round out the top three. Interestingly, 17 of the 25 highest paying companies are based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
However, while the San Francisco Bay Area also leads for the most employers hiring software engineers (3,846), two East Coast cities complete the top three – New York City (2,264), followed by Washington, D.C. (2,139). Currently, 15,732 employers across the U.S. are hiring software engineers. Check out how salaries and employers hiring compare by region:
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¹ Highest paying companies based on companies with at least 50 software engineer salary reports between 10/1/12-9/30/13. Average annual base salaries per U.S. metro based on at least 150 software engineer salary reports, and U.S. average annual base salary based on more than 33,000 software engineer salary reports, respectively, between 10/1/12-9/30/13. U.S. metro and national hiring data based on number of employers with at least one software engineer job listing posted on Glassdoor as of 10/7/13.