Average developer salary at Blizzard/EA

May 22, 2019 13 Comments

Checking Glassdoor for positions at Blizzard it says 60-100k for a lot of the software engineering positions...not that I'm complaining, but is it normal for the TC/Salary to be that low at Blizzard? Are there other forms of compensation that aren't accounted for? Thought they'd pay more given that it's such a big name company.


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  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    I was at a medium size game company (60ish people) making 200k. Moved to amazon game studios and now making 300+. It takes a while to make a lot in game companies but it’s doable.
    People I hired at my previous job were starting out under 100k. If they performed really well, they could get 10-20% raises. But the best way to increase TC is to jump companies every year or two.
    May 22, 2019 1
    • Niantic Skeirj32
      what company was it?
      May 25, 2019
  • The pay at blizzard is insultingly low. The entire company’s benefits program is built around assuming that people are SUPER FANS and willing to give up almost anything to work at blizzard.
    Unfortunately they are right - but only for a time.
    May 22, 2019 1
    • Twitch / Finance I dun goof
      It's called "passion pay"
      May 23, 2019
  • Activision Blizzard BWo111
    Yeah you get $500 a year in Blizzard balance
    May 23, 2019 1
    • Activision Blizzard / Eng newrandom
      And it's listed on a line item as part of our TC. I wish I was joking.
      May 23, 2019
  • Cerner yi26shf
    Gaming companies always have less pay when compared to other tech companies. The only anomaly is if you work in a big gaming studio - like Santa Monica Studios. They offer big buck but the frequency of getting laid off also increases
    May 22, 2019 0
  • EA doesn't pay poorly, but you definitely won't get what you could make somewhere else.
    Rough estimates for pay ranges (SE1 gets overtime but no bonus, all other positions get ~20% yearly bonus target):
    SE1: 70k-80k
    SE2: 90k-120k
    SE3: 100k-140k
    SSE1: 120k-180k
    SSE2: 140k-220k
    May 28, 2019 0
  • Nvidia chocodaddy
    7000 shields
    May 22, 2019 0
  • EA / Eng ONse48
    It depends on how well you do in the interview, and how well you can negotiate. Some levels are in that range, I’ve known others to be 100+. Blizzard does tend to be a little lower than some other companies, mainly because working at Blizzard is a dream job for many there. They are usually pretty passionate about everything Blizzard.
    May 22, 2019 0
  • Activision Blizzard Azshara
    Non-entry level 100k + plus profit share.
    May 22, 2019 1
    • New / Eng

      New Eng

      What’s your yoe and tc?
      May 22, 2019
  • Proactis / Eng

    Proactis Eng

    Software Test Engineer attempting to transition to iOS Engineer.
    That’s poor even compared to the smaller tech companies
    Jun 10, 2019 0


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