Google Is Tops for Software Engineer Salaries
Attention software engineers: If you’re searching for the best payday, try Google.
Glassdoor, a career website, culled data from 3 million salary reports, company reviews and interviews from employees at more than 210,000 companies and found Google had the highest average base salary for software engineers at $128,336. Facebook came in at number two with a base salary of $123,626.
Here is the list of salaries at 15 hot firms, in alphabetical order:
In an encouraging sign, Google’s base salary jumped $13,740 over 2011, according to Glassdoor, while Facebook’s rose $15,882, showing Facebook is eager to close the gap with Google.
The numbers appear to be a big improvement over the average in the U.S.: The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the average salary for software developers at $90,530. Glassdoor’s own figure is a comparable $92,648.
Finally, if you’re looking to maximize your paycheck, consider moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, where the average salary is $107,798, the highest in the nation. You might also want to avoid Minneapolis, where the average is just $75,032, the lowest in the nation.