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Networking companies are apparently willing to pay top dollar for software engineers, according to new Glassdoor research.

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The company paying the highest salaries for software engineers is not one of the usual suspects, like Google or Microsoft or Facebook. Instead it is Juniper Networks, a company usually associated with networking hardware but that is making a big push into software-defined networking.

25 Highest Paying companiesJuniper pays its software engineers on average $160K per year, according to new research from Glassdoor. LinkedIn was second at $136K; then Yahoo at $130K; with Google at $127K just edging out Twitter at $125K.

Networking companies — Arista, Brocade and Cisco —  took up four of the top 25 companies ranking 11, 16 and 17 respectively. Last year, Cisco was the only networking company to crack the top 15 payers.

In a research note referencing Glassdoor’s findings, UBS analyst Amitabh Passi wrote:

“The fact that software engineers are being increasingly sought by networking companies is not a surprise, given the importance of software defined networking, infrastructure automation, orchestration, and increasing use of open source models within networking.”

The top 5 companies in this category last year were Google, Facebook, Apple, Ebay and Zynga.

Also interesting to note is that Walmart, which is waging a fierce battle with Amazon in retail, is ranked number 8 at $122K per year while Amazon itself weighed in at number 14 with $111K per year for its software engineers.

As for regional pay differences, it’s not surprising that of the 20 biggest U.S. cities, San Francisco Bay Area ranks first in highest base salaries for software engineers at just under $112K per year. It is followed by Seattle at $103K and San Diego at $94K.

  1. I make more than $160k.

    Not a director.

    Not a software engineer.

    Work at an “SDN” company.

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  2. great post! very interesting to know where and who im interested for-

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  3. Interesting points.

    Network security is also on the rise for making the big bucks. There are security breaches all over the internet and business are investing top dollar.

    Thanks for the good read.

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    1. What about network engineer needed some place else? :)

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