Google, Facebook Offer Best Pay for Software Engineers, Salary Study Finds

 
 
By Corinne Bernstein  |  Posted 2012-11-12
 
 
 

Google Pays the Most

Google software engineers reported the highest base salary this year, $128,336, up nearly 12 percent from $114,596 in 2011.

Google Pays the Most

Facebook Is a Close Second

Though still behind Google in software engineers' salaries by about 3.8 percent, Facebook is closing the gap. This year Facebook is paying its software engineers $123,626 on average, up 14.7 percent from $107,744 in 2011.

Facebook Is a Close Second

Rounding Out the Top 5 Companies

Other top 5 companies in terms of software engineers' average base pay were Apple: $114,413, eBay: $108,809 and Zynga: $105,568.

Rounding Out the Top 5 Companies

Microsoft Comes in Sixth

Although Microsoft didn't make the top five, the tech giant saw a nearly 9 percent jump this year in average base pay for software engineers—to $104,362 from $95,932 in 2011.

Microsoft Comes in Sixth

Increases at Other Companies

The Glassdoor study shows that software engineers' pay also increased this year at Amazon with an average base salary of $103,070, up from $101,129 in 2011, Hewlett-Packard: $95,567, up from $91,698; Oracle: $102,204, up from $100,723; Qualcomm: $98,964, up from $97,418; and Yahoo: $100,122, up from $97,271.

Increases at Other Companies

Less Pay in 2012 at Some Companies

The Glassdoor data show some modest declines in software engineers' average base pay this year. No. 3 on the top salaries list this year, Apple actually experienced a drop in salaries to $114,413 from $119,266 in 2011. Pay at eBay fell to $108,809 from $112,992. Also seeing declines were Cisco: to $101,909 from $104,819; IBM: to $89,390 from $91,231; Intel: to $92,194 from $94,347; and Intuit: to $103,284 from $105,553.

Less Pay in 2012 at Some Companies

Internships That Pay

Software engineer interns at Google received average monthly pay of $6,566, compared with those at Facebook, who received $6,224 a month. Glassdoor said this report did not provide enough data to compare year-over-year figures or to look at other companies.

Internships That Pay

It Pays to Be in the Bay Area

Software engineers in the San Francisco Bay Area have average base salaries of $107,798 in 2012, up from $105,120 from last year. That's a 2.5 percent increase, on par with the national average.

It Pays to Be in the Bay Area

Seattle in Second Place

Seattle follows behind San Francisco with average base salary for software engineers at $102,006 this year, compared with $96,149 in 2011.

Seattle in Second Place

Other Top Regions for Salary Increases

Other regions in the top five salary-wise for software engineers were San Diego: $93,529, Boston: $93,403 and New York: $92,701. In fact, salaries rose in all of the top five regions.

Other Top Regions for Salary Increases

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