Top 10 highest-paying tech jobs in Silicon Valley

JP Mangalindan
Chief Tech Correspondent
San Francisco residents have the highest median annual pay, according to Glassdoor’s latest data. Surprised?

Silicon Valley’s jaw-dropping tech salaries are higher than ever.  

That’s according to Glassdoor’s latest “Local Pay Reports for 2017,” which compiled updated salary data across 10 US markets, including New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Unsurprisingly, San Francisco — Silicon Valley’s unofficial capital — led the way in overall salary growth, rising 2.6% year-over-year this June, according to Glassdoor.

The highest paying gig? The so-called Data Scientist, who is essentially tasked with analyzing and interpreting large swaths of data. That role nets a median $137,395 a year — up 3.9% versus the year before — trailed by Solutions Architect ($126,262) and software engineer ($120,656). The results aren’t surprising given the boom in big data over the last several years. In fact, IDC estimates global revenues for big data and business analytics will eventually hit $203 billion by 2020.

Thanks in large part to the booming tech scene — which is driving the costly, local rental and real estate market — San Francisco continues to offer the highest median yearly pay by over $8,000, surpassing even New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.  

Here are the 10 highest-paying tech jobs in Silicon Valley:  

Job Title Median Base Pay YoY % Growth
Data Scientist $137,395 3.90%
Solutions Architect $126,262 0.50%
Software Engineer $120,656 3.80%
UX Designer $108,536 5.00%
Systems Engineer $99,855 4.30%
Web Developer $99,394 0.60%
Java Developer $96,591 0.00%
Network Engineer $95,751 -1.20%
Programmer Analyst $89,738 3.50%
Data Analyst $88,838 2.80%

JP Mangalindan is a senior correspondent for Yahoo Finance covering the intersection of tech and business. Email story tips and musings to jpm@oath.com. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.  

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