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Become A Senior Software Engineer In San Jose, CA

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Working As A Senior Software Engineer In San Jose, CA

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $115,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Software Engineer Do

A Senior Software Engineer is responsible for developing information systems through studying operations, developing, and installing software solutions. They mentor junior and mid-level engineers.

How To Become A Senior Software Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Senior Software Engineer Career Paths

Senior Software Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Systems Engineer Software Developer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Network Administrator Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Chief Engineer Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Technical Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Senior Software Engineer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    75.7%
  • Female

    19.7%
  • Unknown

    4.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    56.8%
  • Asian

    31.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    6.7%
  • Unknown

    4.1%
  • Black or African American

    1.1%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    19.8%
  • French

    11.1%
  • German

    8.9%
  • Chinese

    8.5%
  • Mandarin

    7.1%
  • Japanese

    6.6%
  • Russian

    5.9%
  • Carrier

    5.5%
  • Hindi

    5.2%
  • Portuguese

    3.5%
  • Korean

    2.9%
  • Arabic

    2.6%
  • Hebrew

    2.3%
  • Italian

    2.3%
  • Cantonese

    1.9%
  • Polish

    1.6%
  • Tamil

    1.3%
  • Telugu

    1.0%
  • Gujarati

    1.0%
  • Dutch

    1.0%
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Real Senior Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. MTS, Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 07, 2017 $258,450
Senior MTS 2 Software Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 13, 2018 $233,714
SR. MTS, Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 24, 2018 $221,615
Senior Software Developer Fixstream Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 02, 2018 $220,000
Senior Software Developer Fixstream Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 02, 2017 $220,000
SR. MTS, Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 30, 2018 $218,499
Senior MTS, Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 12, 2018 $216,300
Senior MTS, Software Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 30, 2018 $212,640
SR. MTS, Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 10, 2018 $210,317
SR. MTS Software Engineer EBAY, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 02, 2017 $210,000
Senior MTS, Software Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 07, 2018 $209,527
SR. MTS, Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 05, 2018 $205,000
Senior MTS Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA May 30, 2018 $202,500
Senior MTS, Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 31, 2017 $202,000
Senior MTS, Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 29, 2017 $201,333
SR. Software Engineer Atayo Group San Jose, CA Jun 12, 2017 $198,265
Senior Software Engineer Robin Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA May 15, 2018 $195,000
Senior MTS, Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 07, 2017 $190,794
Senior MTS, Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 11, 2018 $190,319
Senior Software Engineer Devero, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 17, 2017 $190,000
SR Software Engineer Red Oak Tech, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 09, 2018 $187,200
SR. Software Developer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 09, 2018 $185,000
SR. Software Engineer, Adobe Intelligent Agents Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Jan 22, 2018 $185,000
Senior Software Developer Fixstream Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 20, 2018 $180,000
SR. MTS, Software Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 09, 2018 $177,000
Senior Manager, Software Development Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 24, 2017 $175,124
Senior Software Engineer Robin Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 27, 2018 $175,000
Senior Software Engineer Payrange Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 04, 2018 $175,000
Senior Software Engineer Robin Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 02, 2017 $175,000
Senior Software Engineer Airdeck Technologies Us, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 05, 2017 $172,500
Senior Software Engineer Robin Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 28, 2018 $170,000
Senior Software Developers Eugenus, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 07, 2018 $170,000
Senior Software Engineer Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems LLC San Jose, CA Jun 28, 2017 $170,000 -
$173,650
Senior Software Engineer Trusted Patterns Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 24, 2017 $170,000
Senior Software Engineer Robin Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 13, 2017 $170,000
SR. Software Engineer Leeyo Software, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 09, 2017 $170,000 -
$200,000
Senior Software Engineer Truelite Trace Inc. San Jose, CA May 01, 2018 $170,000
Senior Software Developer L'Focus Consultancy, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 15, 2017 $170,000
Senior Software Engineer Electric Cloud, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 15, 2017 $169,749 -
$171,749
SR. Software Engineer KPI Partners, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 09, 2017 $169,749
Senior Software Engineer Fair Isaac Corporation San Jose, CA Jan 24, 2017 $169,749
Senior Software Engineer Fair Isaac Corporation San Jose, CA Mar 02, 2017 $169,749
Senior Software Engineer CMW Holdco, Inc., DBA Cross Mediaworks, LLC, DBA C San Jose, CA Mar 31, 2017 $169,749
Senior Developer California Water Service Company San Jose, CA Oct 02, 2017 $169,749
Senior MTS, Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 06, 2017 $169,749
Senior Software Engineer Klearexpress Corporation San Jose, CA May 28, 2018 $169,000 -
$199,000
Senior Software Developer NCS Pearson, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2017 $168,300
SR. Lead Software Engineer Cavium, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 23, 2018 $168,210 -
$173,210
Senior Software Engineer Pluribus Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 02, 2018 $168,210
Senior Software Engineer, Augmented Reality Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA May 28, 2018 $168,210
SR. Lead Software Engineer Cavium, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 19, 2018 $168,210 -
$173,210
Senior Software Engineer Splunk Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 02, 2018 $168,210 -
$210,000
SR. Lead Software Engineer Cavium, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 13, 2018 $168,210 -
$185,210
Senior Wireless Software Engineer II Extreme Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 01, 2018 $168,210
SR. Software Engineer, Network Systems Viasat, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 12, 2018 $168,210
Senior Full Stack Developer Payrange, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 15, 2018 $168,210
Senior Software Engineer Splunk Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 01, 2018 $168,210 -
$210,000
Senior Software Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 20, 2017 $168,000
Senior Software Engineer Airdeck Technologies Us, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 13, 2017 $165,000
Senior Software Engineer Trusted Patterns Inc. San Jose, CA May 14, 2018 $165,000 -
$170,000
Senior Software Engineer-Data Science NIO USA Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 03, 2018 $165,000
SR. Software Engineer Stellus Technologies Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 18, 2017 $165,000
SR. Software Engineer, Mobile Aiqudo, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 15, 2017 $165,000
Senior Software Engineer Airdeck Technologies Us, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 01, 2018 $165,000
SR. Software Engineer Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 17, 2017 $164,382
SR. Software Engineer Electric Cloud, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 03, 2017 $164,000 -
$170,000
Senior Software Engineer (Devops), Machine Learning Framewor Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Dec 18, 2017 $163,363
Senior Software Engineer Splunk Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 03, 2017 $163,363 -
$200,000
SR. Software Engineer Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 01, 2017 $163,363
Senior Software Engineer-AI Platform Services 24/7.Ai San Jose, CA Dec 11, 2017 $162,500
SR. Manager, Software Engineering Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 21, 2017 $162,300
Senior Software Engineer Hermes Microvision, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 01, 2018 $162,240
Senior Wireless Software Engineer II Extreme Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 21, 2018 $162,000
Senior Manager Software Development Ansys, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 08, 2018 $161,845 -
$180,000
Senior Software Engineer Xactly Corporation San Jose, CA May 01, 2017 $161,257
Senior Software Engineer TIVO Solutions Inc. (F/K/A TIVO Inc.) San Jose, CA Apr 12, 2018 $161,000
Senior Software Engineer IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Jun 12, 2018 $160,000
SR. Software Engineer Stellus Technologies Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 21, 2017 $160,000
SR. Software Engineer Trusted Patterns Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 16, 2017 $160,000 -
$180,000
Senior Software Engineer Nextev LLC San Jose, CA Nov 13, 2017 $160,000
Senior Software Engineer-Linux Kernel Thales E-Security Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 13, 2017 $160,000
Senior Software Developer Fixstream Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 25, 2018 $160,000
Senior Software Engineer Kaazing Corporation San Jose, CA Mar 27, 2017 $160,000
SR. Software Engineer Splunk Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 28, 2017 $159,672 -
$200,000
Senior Software Engineer Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 22, 2017 $157,477 -
$160,000
SR. Lead Software Engineer Cavium, Inc. San Jose, CA May 21, 2018 $157,019 -
$195,019
Senior Software Engineer Automation Anywhere, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 15, 2018 $157,000
SR. Software Engineer-Devops Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 12, 2018 $156,750
SR. Software Engineer Ab OVO, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 30, 2017 $156,525
Senior PD Engineer-Software Development (Lead System Consult MCI Communications Services San Jose, CA Jan 16, 2017 $156,104
Senior Software Developer NCS Pearson, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 31, 2017 $155,147
Senior Software Developer NCS Pearson Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 31, 2017 $155,147
Senior Software Engineer IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Apr 12, 2018 $155,147 -
$230,144
Senior Software Engineer Splunk Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 22, 2017 $155,147 -
$210,000
Senior Software Engineer Splunk Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 12, 2018 $155,147 -
$175,000
SR. Software Engineer Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 26, 2018 $155,147 -
$165,000
SR. Software Engineer-Social Analytics Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Jun 16, 2018 $155,147
SR. Software Engineer TIVO Solutions Inc. (F/K/A TIVO Inc.) San Jose, CA Oct 30, 2017 $155,147
SR. Software Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Jan 02, 2018 $155,147
SR. Software Developer, Java Applications Align Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 19, 2018 $155,147 -
$160,000
Senior Software Engineer 8X8, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 10, 2017 $155,147
Senior Software Developer-Globalization NCS Pearson, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 31, 2017 $155,147
Senior Software Engineer Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 09, 2018 $155,000
SR. Software Engineer Pinger, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 13, 2018 $155,000
SR. Software Engineer Lynx Software Technologies San Jose, CA Oct 02, 2017 $155,000 -
$175,000
Senior Software Engineer DTEX Systems Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 12, 2017 $155,000
SR. Software Engineer TIVO Solutions Inc. (F/K/A TIVO Inc.) San Jose, CA Nov 27, 2017 $154,000
Senior Software Engineer Silver Spring Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 27, 2018 $153,326
Senior Software Engineer (IT) Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Jul 10, 2017 $152,880
Senior Software Engineer VIV Labs, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 15, 2017 $152,000
Senior Software Engineer [24]7.Ai, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 14, 2018 $151,500
Senior Software Engineer Lilee Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 23, 2017 $151,298
SR. Flex Application Developer 8X8, Inc. San Jose, CA May 15, 2018 $150,196
Senior Software Engineer Etouch Systems Corporation San Jose, CA Mar 08, 2018 $150,000
SR. Software Engineer Zoom Video Communications, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 13, 2018 $150,000
Senior Software Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company San Jose, CA Apr 17, 2018 $150,000 -
$181,282
Senior Software Engineer Nextev LLC San Jose, CA Aug 07, 2017 $150,000
Senior Software Engineer 24/7 Customer, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 18, 2017 $150,000
Senior Software Engineer Automation Anywhere, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2017 $150,000
Senior Software Engineer N3N, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 20, 2017 $150,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Software Engineer

WebApplicationPl/SqlDatabaseWindowsXPSQLServerC#.NETXMLASPUserInterfaceJavascriptProceduresHtmlArchitectureC/C++WebServicesUnixAPIAjaxJqueryLinux

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Top Senior Software Engineer Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and maintained a java web application that is outsourced to Next Wave Logistics for the Pampered Chef company.
  • Worked on PL/SQL and created views, triggers, procedures, function and stored procedures.
  • Provided additional stabilization through additional database tuning and code enhancements.
  • Assisted in porting Windows XP VPN client software to Windows Vista platform.
  • Created Views and Stored Procedures in SQL Server 2008 to manipulate the data.

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