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How Much Does a Senior Staff Engineer Earn In The United States?

Average Yearly Salary
Updated December 31, 2020
$128,000
$98,000
$128,000
$169,000
Senior staff engineers in the United States make an average salary of $128,948 per year or $61.99 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $98,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $169,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, California, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Vermont provide the highest senior staff engineer salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Austin, TX
$122,267
Phoenix, AZ
$116,619
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Where Senior Staff Engineers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where senior staff engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Senior Staff Engineers Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Alaska, California and New Hampshire, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for senior staff engineers. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
City
Average Salary

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range108k - 180k$140k$140,216

Austin, TX

Salary Range94k - 158k$122k$122,267

Phoenix, AZ

Salary Range90k - 150k$117k$116,619

Boston, MA

Salary Range82k - 125k$102k$101,680

Denver, CO

Salary Range73k - 130k$98k$98,089

New York, NY

Salary Range71k - 114k$90k$90,044

Seattle, WA

Salary Range58k - 137k$90k$89,585

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Salary Range66k - 113k$87k$87,110

Atlanta, GA

Salary Range65k - 113k$87k$86,599

Farmington Hills, MI

Salary Range66k - 107k$85k$84,825
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$180k

High Paying Senior Staff Engineer Jobs

Which Companies Pay Senior Staff Engineers The Most?

To earn a high income as a senior staff engineer, working for Hunt Consolidated or Cheniere Energy might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Murphy Exploration & Production Company USA and Home Box Office report highly competitive salaries for senior staff engineers.
Company
Average Salary
Hunt Consolidated
Salary Range214k - 247k$230k$230,475
Cheniere Energy
Salary Range198k - 228k$213k$213,368
Murphy Exploration & Production Company USA
Salary Range190k - 221k$205k$205,221
Home Box Office
Salary Range159k - 180k$170k$169,680
Twitter
Salary Range156k - 174k$165k$164,841
Kohl's
Salary Range154k - 174k$164k$164,182
Motorola Mobility
Salary Range152k - 172k$162k$162,368
Macy's
Salary Range151k - 172k$162k$161,657
Juniper Networks
Salary Range151k - 170k$161k$161,040
LinkedIn
Salary Range151k - 169k$160k$160,246
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Senior Staff Engineer Salary History

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    Recently Added Senior Staff Engineer Salaries

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    Senior/Staff Backend Engineer (Comms Platform)
    Senior/Staff Backend Engineer (Comms Platform)
    Senior/Staff Backend Engineer (Comms Platform)
    Ione, OR
    Ione, OR
    09/02/2020
    09/02/2020
    $155,000
    $155,000
    09/02/2020
    Staff Engineer Senior
    Staff Engineer Senior
    Auburn, IN
    Auburn, IN
    08/24/2020
    08/24/2020
    $64,599
    $64,599
    08/24/2020
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Senior and Staff Golang Engineer at SF Based Logistics Startup
    Senior and Staff Golang Engineer at SF Based Logistics Startup
    Senior and Staff Golang Engineer at SF Based Logistics Startup
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco, CA
    08/18/2020
    08/18/2020
    $190,000
    $190,000
    08/18/2020
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Senior/Staff Data Engineer
    Senior/Staff Data Engineer
    Senior/Staff Data Engineer
    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    07/15/2020
    07/15/2020
    $170,000
    $170,000
    07/15/2020
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Senior Staff Engineer/Java/Aws/Docker/Kubernetes
    Senior Staff Engineer/Java/Aws/Docker/Kubernetes
    Senior Staff Engineer/Java/Aws/Docker/Kubernetes
    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    06/11/2020
    06/11/2020
    $180,000
    $180,000
    06/11/2020
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Senior/Staff Data Engineer
    Senior/Staff Data Engineer
    Senior/Staff Data Engineer
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco, CA
    05/20/2020
    05/20/2020
    $170,000
    $170,000
    05/20/2020
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Senior/Staff Data Engineer
    Senior/Staff Data Engineer
    Senior/Staff Data Engineer
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco, CA
    04/20/2020
    04/20/2020
    $170,000
    $170,000
    04/20/2020
    Tax Staff or Tax Senior-Public
    Tax Staff or Tax Senior-Public
    West Palm Beach, FL
    West Palm Beach, FL
    04/15/2020
    04/15/2020
    $65,000
    $65,000
    04/15/2020
    Senior Staff Engineer, Product Software
    Senior Staff Engineer, Product Software
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Sunnyvale, CA
    03/24/2020
    03/24/2020
    $165,000
    $165,000
    03/24/2020
    Senior Staff Engineer
    Senior Staff Engineer
    Menlo Park, CA
    Menlo Park, CA
    01/27/2020
    01/27/2020
    $140,000
    $140,000
    01/27/2020