I'm sure a lot of developers would agree that refactoring is the best part of writing code—because you can make it super efficient and make every line useful. I think the same principles can be applied to your financial life and your life in general. If you're super efficient with your spending, and you're making a software engineering salary, then money piles up quite quickly. That's why I think there are so many software engineers in the FIRE community. They are used to systems and algorithms and efficiency, and it's like you're applying all those things to your financial life. You're refactoring your life pretty much all the time, which is just great and can get you to FIRE really quickly.
The average salary for a Triplebyte certified Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA is $152,820.
Ranging from $129,648 at the 25th percentile to $171,398 at the 75th percentile. Top earners, the top 10%, earn more than $199,648 per year. Create a free Triplebyte profile to see current roles (with salary ranges) that match your skills and experience.
Software Engineer salary data by experience level, and company size
Software Engineers are at a fundamental disadvantage in salary and equity negotiations. They always know less than the hiring manager. We believe this is unfair, so we built this tool to help you negotiate better offers. Also, most available online salary numbers are suspect due to self-reporting and selection bias. In contrast, we aggregate figures from actual offers made to software engineers on Triplebyte in real-time. Those numbers can vary widely by location.
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We're showing base salary only in our salary ranges. Employers also offer equity (stock options, RSUs), annual bonus, signing bonus, relocation package, and other benefits or additional cash compensation - which often add up to a substantial fraction of total compensation. However, it's disingenuous to compare these non-salary components on a single axis, and we advise candidates individually on these tradeoffs when comparing their offers. You can calculate the potential value of your equity offer using our startup equity value calculator.
Most online salary data is suspect due to self-reporting and selection bias. In contrast, we aggregate figures from all offers made to software engineers on Triplebyte in real-time.
Engineers are at a fundamental disadvantage in salary and equity negotiations. They always know less than their hiring manager. We believe this is unfair.
Companies hiring through Triplebyte are incentivized to give competitive best offers because they know our engineers are likely to get many offers at the same time, and we provide one-on-one guidance to help you negotiate with multiple companies at once.
Data last updated: Yesterday, May 14, 2022
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