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What Are Silicon Valley’s Highest-Paying Tech Jobs?

Product management, reliability, and security jobs pay the most in Silicon Valley, says job search firm Indeed

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Job-search site Indeed crunched its Silicon Valley hiring numbers for 2018, looking at tech job searches, salaries, and employers, and found that engineers who combine tech skills with business skills as directors of product management earn the most, with an average salary of US $186,766. Last year, the gig came in as number two, at $173,556.

Also climbing up the ranks, and now in the number two spot with an average annual salary of $181,100, is senior reliability engineer. Application security engineer is third at $173,903. Neither made the top 20 in 2017.

And while it seems that machine learning engineers have been getting all the love in 2018, those jobs came in eighth place, at $159,230. That’s still a bit of a leap from last year, when the job made its first appearance on Indeed’s top 20 highest-paying jobs in the 13th spot at $149,519. This year’s top 20 is below; last year’s numbers are here.

Highest-paying tech jobs in Silicon Valley (January through October, 2018)

RankJob TitleAnnual Salary
1Director of product management$186,766
2Senior reliability engineer$181,100
3Application security engineer$173,903
4Principal software architect$165,487
5Senior solution architect$164,584
6Software engineering manager$162,115
7Software architect$159,642
8Machine learning engineer$159,230
9Computer vision engineer$156,217
10User experience architect$155,394
11Platform engineer$155,075
12Data warehouse architect$154,950
13Director of information technology$152,331
14Senior back-end developer$151,313
15Senior software architect$150,970
16Salesforce developer$150,923
17Ruby developer$149,944
18Server engineer$149,435
19Python developer$149,331
20Senior software engineer$148,098


There was less shuffling in the ranks of companies doing the most hiring in Silicon Valley. Apple and Amazon held on to the number one and two positions, respectively, while Walmart made a big move from number 13 in 2017 to number three this year—these three companies accounted for nearly 10 percent of the job postings on Indeed in 2018. The full list is below.

Companies hiring the most employees in Silicon Valley (January through October, 2018)

RankCompanyPercentage of
tech job postings in
the San Francisco
Bay Area
12 (tie)Workday0.64
12 (tie)eBay0.64
12 (tie)VMware0.64
20 (tie)SAP0.43
20 (tie)Twitter0.43


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