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Senior Engineer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$101,000
$81,000
$101,000
$127,000
Senior engineers in the United States make an average salary of $101,793 per year or $48.94 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $81,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $127,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and Arizona provide the highest senior engineer salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Phoenix, AZ
$111,975
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Map of Senior Engineer Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Senior Engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Senior Engineer Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to California, Delaware and Maryland, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for senior engineers. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Wisconsin, Kansas, and Iowa.

City
Average Salary
Los Gatos, CA
Los Gatos, CA
$127,547
$128k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$121,552
$122k
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
$111,975
$112k
Redmond, WA
Redmond, WA
$111,188
$111k
McLean, VA
McLean, VA
$109,381
$109k
Cambridge, MA
Cambridge, MA
$106,916
$107k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$104,345
$104k
Midland, TX
Midland, TX
$103,696
$104k
Denver, CO
Denver, CO
$101,632
$102k
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
$97,563
$98k

High Paying Senior Engineer Jobs

Average Senior Engineer Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a senior engineer, working for Microsoft or Netflix might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like American Eagle Outfitters and Vice Media report highly competitive salaries for senior engineers.

Company
Average Salary
$152,709
$153k
$145,866
$146k
$140,342
$140k
$139,656
$140k
$139,027
$139k
$135,092
$135k

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Senior Engineer Salary History

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    Average Senior Engineer Pay By Industry

    Senior engineer salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with telecommunication, utilities, and finance companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a senior engineer can make a yearly salary of $122,876 while working for telecommunication companies. All the while, other senior engineers are making $101,709 at utilities companies and $100,864 at finance companies. One industry senior engineers may want to avoid is the automotive industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $97,310.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Telecommunication
    Telecommunication
    $122,876
    $123k
    Utilities
    Utilities
    $101,709
    $102k
    Finance
    Finance
    $100,864
    $101k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $99,934
    $100k
    Technology
    Technology
    $99,563
    $100k
    Automotive
    Automotive
    $97,310
    $97k

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