Glassdoor: Google offers best salaries for software engineers in 2012

Summary:If you're a software engineer, the big pay day is evidently found at Google, according to a new report from Glassdoor.

Google has been found to be the financial sweet spot for software engineers this year, according to a new report from jobs and careers site Glassdoor.

Based on salary reports shared over the past 12 months by software engineers at 15 various tech companies to compare average base salaries, Google was found to have the highest average base salary among the top dogs in technology.

Here's a glance at the top five:

  • Google: $128,336
  • Facebook: $123,626
  • Apple: $114,413
  • eBay: $108,809
  • Zynga: $105,568

Based on more than 5,000 salary reports, Glassdoor cited that the 2012 national average for a software engineer’s base salary is $92,648, up by 2.5 percent compared to 2011.

Glassdoor added that software engineers at 13 of the 15 companies included in the report do actually enjoy an average base salary higher than the national average.

However, that is not the case everywhere in the Valley. For example, the average base pay for software engineers at Intel and IBM are actually a bit lower than the average with starting salaries at $92,194 and $89,390, respectively.

For reference, Glassdoor’s salary data is based on anonymous salary reports voluntarily shared by current and recent employees.

In related tech job opportunity news, Glassdoor reported in September that Facebook and LinkedIn are among the 25 best companies for job opportunities. Other friendly and supportive workplace hotspots include SAP, Akamai, and

Topics: Google, Developer, Tech & Work


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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