Compensation expectations in the Bay Area?

Capital One E=mc^2
May 17 16 Comments

What should I target as compensation as a software engineer in the Bay Area? Not familiar with the Bay Area salary.

TC: 125k in Dallas
YOE: 2.5-3

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TOP 16 Comments
  • New / Eng IzCK50
    Nice Dallas TC for years xp imho.

    The better question will be what level can you slot into as that is the primary driver of total comp. Most companies want to address wage equality and so are starting to band tighten on level basis. You can also ask companies in the bay what the range of salary is.
    May 17 3
    • Capital One E=mc^2
      OP
      This company I’m applying for doesn’t have any levels yet, but they’re rolling them out soon. I’m guessing SDE2, but not sure. Im close to PA at Capital One which is equivalent to SDE2 at Amazon/Google based on Levels.fyi.
      May 17
    • New / Eng IzCK50
      If you can secure your expected TC then I'd worry about levels less, but I wouldn't expect any bumps when they do level everyone
      May 17
    • Capital One E=mc^2
      OP
      What TC should I target in the Bay Area for my experience?
      May 17
  • eBay eBayVet
    Depends on the company too.. Never settle until you get 2 companies to fight for you!
    It's not worth switching if TC in bay area is below 200k because it is crazy expensive here. I moved here from Florida to Bay Area and saw all the calculators comparing salaries but it doesn't even prepare you for the crazy high living expenses of the bay area.
    May 17 1
    • Atlassian d@t_person
      This^. Was in similar situation.
      May 17
  • New / Eng
    hzFR57

    New Eng

    PRE
    EMC Corporation
    hzFR57more
    u make 125 in dallas, so it has to be 200 to be equal, then u need a hike - 240?
    May 17 2
    • New / Eng
      hzFR57

      New Eng

      PRE
      EMC Corporation
      hzFR57more
      I lived both in Bay and Dallas
      May 17
    • Capital One E=mc^2
      OP
      Darn I think my offer is way lower, but it’s based on a conservative RSU price.
      May 17
  • New / Eng
    hzFR57

    New Eng

    PRE
    EMC Corporation
    hzFR57more
    Cloudflare is awesome, they will lead the way of MS, GOOG in CDN
    May 17 1
    • Capital One E=mc^2
      OP
      What TC should I negotiate to?
      May 17
  • Atlassian d@t_person
    You should be expecting close to 200k TC if u get into a relatively big start up around here.....at least I would
    May 17 1
    • Capital One E=mc^2
      OP
      The startup is Cloudflare so they’re a private company. Do I base TC off the internal value of the stocks if it’s cheaper than they expect when it goes public?
      May 17
  • Atlassian d@t_person
    U left off if you are in Eng or Data
    May 17 1
    • Capital One E=mc^2
      OP
      I’m a software engineer, updated post!
      May 17
  • Scotiabank 00x00
    190k Tc in Boston = how much in Bay Area?
    May 17 0

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