Tech Companies That Pay Really Well in Silicon Valley

By Donald Sears  |  Posted 2009-08-25 Print this article Print

Money talks, as the saying goes. It also makes the world go around, and it's also something we all need and want.

Cliched songs aside, when I came across this list of the highest-paying technology companies from Om Malik, who got it from a customer satisfaction company called that's based in Sausalito, Calif., I figured it was worth sharing.

These are ranked from one to 10 with one being at the top (from a post Malik did back in March).

Rank Employer Avg Salary Avg Bonus Avg Total Pay
1 Google $106,666 $42,759 $149,425
2 Synopsys $118,908 $15,189 $134,096
3 Broadcom $115,093 $15,023 $130,116
4 Xilinx $114,996 $11,779 $126,775
5 Yahoo $114,280 $12,441 $126,721
6 KLA-Tencor $110,227 $15,611 $125,838
7 Sun Microsystems $118,358 $7,356 $125,714
8 Intuit $107,740 $16,349 $124,089
9 VMware $100,817 $19,768 $120,585
10 Nvidia $112,291 $8,095 $120,386

As Malik keenly pointed out, it's strange that Intel and Cisco Systems did not show up on this list. From my perspective, it's odd that Oracle and Hewlett-Packard are not showing up on this one either, but it's possible that on average they didn't make the top 10.

Some of these companies are not as well-known as, say, Google, Yahoo, Sun or VMware. Many of the others on this list are in chip design, manufacturing, and semiconductor tools and controls companies; in fact, six of the 10 work in chips in some manner.

The chip industry has been hit hard in 2009, so it's interesting to see these companies wind up on a list for this year. But as you can tell, as far as the averages for technology jobs go, at least in Silicon Valley, engineers are paid well.

When they have jobs. |

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