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Become A Staff Software Engineer

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Working As A Staff Software Engineer

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

  • $87,422

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Software Engineer Do

A Staff Software Engineer is responsible for developing, maintaining, and repairing company software for maximum efficiency and usability. They instruct and mentor their team members in software development techniques and cloud development.

How To Become A Staff 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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Staff Software Engineer Career Paths

Staff Software Engineer
Senior Staff Engineer Principal Engineer Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Principal Engineer Program Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Consulting Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineering Manager Director Of Software Development Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineering Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Software Architect Solutions Architect Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer Technical Consultant Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer Principal Consultant Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Software Architect Chief Technology Officer
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Of Product Development Creative Director
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Software Architect Chief Technology Officer Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Staff Software Engineer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    74.3%
  • Female

    16.6%
  • Unknown

    9.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    57.1%
  • Asian

    32.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    6.8%
  • Unknown

    2.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    20.0%
  • Portuguese

    12.0%
  • Chinese

    12.0%
  • German

    12.0%
  • French

    8.0%
  • Arabic

    8.0%
  • Korean

    8.0%
  • Turkish

    4.0%
  • Hebrew

    4.0%
  • Japanese

    4.0%
  • Russian

    4.0%
  • Mandarin

    4.0%
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Real Staff Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Software Engineer Google Inc. Seattle, WA Dec 09, 2016 $275,000
Member of Technical Staff-Software Engineering Vmware, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 29, 2016 $260,875
Staff Software Engineer Google, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2015 $247,500
Staff Software Engineer Google, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 10, 2015 $247,500
Staff Engineer-Software Engineering Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 12, 2015 $240,000
Staff Engineer-Software Engineering Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 22, 2016 $225,000
Staff Software Engineer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Apr 05, 2016 $220,000 -
$237,000
Staff Software Engineer Google Inc. Cambridge, MA Apr 08, 2016 $217,400
Senior Staff Software Engineer Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 23, 2015 $212,500
Staff Software Engineer Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 25, 2016 $208,000
Staff Software Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 02, 2016 $200,000
Staff Software Engineer Google, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jan 10, 2016 $200,000
Staff Software Engineer, WMX Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 30, 2016 $200,000
Staff Software Engineer Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 07, 2016 $140,000
Staff Software Engineer Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 24, 2015 $139,999
Staff Software Engineer Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 18, 2016 $139,999
Member of Technical Staff-Software Engineer Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Apr 19, 2016 $139,725
Member of Technical Staff-Software Engineering Vmware, Inc. Bellevue, WA Feb 23, 2015 $139,500
Staff Software Engineer In Quality Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 15, 2016 $139,246 -
$184,680
Staff Software Engineer Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA May 20, 2016 $139,200
Staff Software Engineer Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 20, 2016 $139,000
Member of Technical Staff-Software Engineering Vmware, Inc. Burlington, MA Jul 18, 2016 $119,840
Staff Software Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 01, 2015 $119,808 -
$152,300
Staff Software Engineer Blackhawk Network, Inc. Pleasanton, CA May 05, 2016 $119,637
Staff Software Engineer/Lte Modem Physical Layer Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Aug 03, 2016 $119,580 -
$152,300
Staff Software Engineer/Systems Security Architecture Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Mar 09, 2015 $119,538 -
$151,000
Staff Software Engineer Watchguard Technologies, Inc. Seattle, WA Jan 02, 2016 $119,528
Senior Staff, Software Engineering E*Trade Financial Corporation Menlo Park, CA Mar 15, 2016 $119,400 -
$132,000
Staff Software Engineer Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Aug 30, 2016 $119,400 -
$168,000

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Top Skills for A Staff Software Engineer

WebServicesC/C++LinuxPlatformWindowsArchitectureAPISoftwareDevelopmentUserInterfaceSQLServerXMLDeviceDriverFirmwareUnixAndroidC #SoftwareEngineersI/OGUIDB2

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Top Staff Software Engineer Skills

  1. Web Services
  2. C/C++
  3. Linux
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed SOAP based web services that would allow interactivity between Control Center and B2B Integrator.
  • Replaced kernel mode Windows NT 4.0 printer drivers with user mode printer drivers written in C/C++ for Windows Vista.
  • Gained experience in driver development for NFC Controllers on Motorola P2K, Linux Platforms.
  • Manage and lead a team of 7 engineers for the implementation of the next generation infrastructure platform.
  • Develop java applications(J2ME) on Windows mobile platform.

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