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Here’s How Much the Most Common Tech Jobs in Silicon Valley Pay

Topics: Data & Research

If there’s one thing we all know about Silicon Valley, it’s that the people who are working in the tech industry there are making some serious bank.

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In fact, when we did our own research to uncover the most common tech jobs in Silicon Valley, we found that each of them has six-figure median pay. That isn’t to say there aren’t other tech jobs in the Valley that pay well, but these are particularly common for the area.

Computer Hardware Engineers

Median Pay: $121,000 per year. Relative Commonness: 5.2

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Computer hardware engineers are important in Silicon Valley for obvious reasons. It’s their job to develop computer hardware and systems. Without them, there would be no Silicon Valley. They are usually responsible for all the research, design, development, and testing of computers and computer equipment.

Computer and Information Scientists

Median Pay: $117,000 per year. Relative Commonness: 4.8

The main duty of computer and information scientists is to oversee the research efforts and reporting for their company. They usually work on multiple, high-scale projects while managing a team. People who work this type of job must be fluent in almost all programming and scripting languages.

Electronics Engineers

Median Pay: $120,000 per year. Relative Commonness: 4.3

Electronics engineers work on a developing items that most of us use on a day-to-day basis. We have electronics engineers to thank for things like toasters, cellphones, and GPS satellites. Electronics engineers also provide electronics inspections and are tasked ensuring with the safety of the product. An undergraduate degree in engineering is required for this position.

Computer Information System Managers

Median Pay: $134,000 per year. Relative Commonness 1.3

If you consider yourself a pro at Oracle or Microsoft Sharepoint Server, a career in IS management might be for you. The main task of an IS manager is to develop strategic product road maps. A strong understanding of security is required, as well as a bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline.


PayScale created this report based on top-paying titles in a specific region. These lists are filtered by relative commonness to focus on jobs that are not only well-paying, but also unique to the region. This was done to remove obviously high-paying jobs that are found everywhere (e.g. general doctors, lawyers, etc.). Median pay is the national median (50th Percentile) annual total cash compensation. 

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