Machine Learning Engineers Win Silicon Valley’s Salary Race, But Top Salaries Drop Since Last Year



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In a year-end review of Silicon Valley’s tech job activity for 2019, job-search firm Indeed found that machine learning engineers are commanding the highest salaries (averaging $172,792, up from $159,230 in 2018 and $149,519 in 2017), software engineers in general are in highest demand, and Amazon has been on the biggest hiring spree.

That’s a bit of a change from last year, when product development engineers claimed the highest salaries in Indeed’s database, at $173,570. It’s also different from 2017, when the big earners were directors of product management, with average salaries of $186,766.

The decline in top salary may reflect a slight softening in demand for tech professionals overall—Indeed’s researchers noted a 3.8 percent decrease in technology jobs listed on the site between October 2018 and October 2019.

Amazon, Walmart, and Apple posted the most Silicon Valley job openings on Indeed from January through October of this year. These three companies also claimed the top three positions in 2018, when Walmart stepped up its Silicon Valley hiring (though they shuffled positions slightly). Walmart ranked 13th in hiring in the region in 2017. Cisco, which was number three in 2017, slipped to fourth this year.

Indeed’s 2019 top 20 lists, below.

Highest-paying jobs in Silicon Valley

(ranked by average annual salary)

Rank
2019
2018
2017

1
Machine learning engineer ($172,792)
Director of product management ($186,766)
Product development engineer ($173,570)

2
Principal software engineer ($169,268)
Senior reliability engineer ($181,100)
Director of product management ($173,556)

3
Platform engineer ($154,801)
Application security engineer ($173,903)
Data warehouse architect ($169,836)

4
Senior software engineer ($142,794)
Principal software engineer ($165,487)
DevOps manager ($166,448)

5
Software architect ($142,372)
Senior solution architect ($164,584)
Senior architect ($161,124)

6
Senior system engineer ($141,013)
Software engineering manager ($162,115)
Principal software engineer ($160,326)

7
Senior product manager ($134,547)
Software architect ($159,642)
Senior solutions architect ($158,329)

8
Cloud engineer ($132,852)
Machine learning engineer ($159,230)
Principal Java developer ($156,402)

9
iOS developer ($131,979)
User experience architect ($155,394)
Senior software architect ($154,944)

10
Development operations engineer ($128,495)
Platform engineer ($155,075)
Platform engineer ($154,739)

11
Back end developer ($127,088)
Data warehouse architect ($154,950)
Senior SQL developer ($154,161)

12
Firmware engineer ($124,190)
Director of information technology ($152,331)
Senior C developer ($152,903)

13
Android developer ($124,024)
Senior back end developer ($151,313)
Machine learning engineer ($149,519)

14
Software test engineer ($123,531)
Senior software architect ($150,970)
Software engineering manager ($148,937)

15
Data engineer ($120,281)
Salesforce developer ($150,923)
Software architect ($148,171)

16
Full-stack developer ($119,954)
Ruby developer ($149,944)
Cloud engineer ($146,900)

17
Data scientist ($118,887)
Server engineer ($149,435)
Senior product manager ($146,277)

18
Front end developer ($118,768)
Python developer ($149,331)
DevOps engineer ($146,222)

19
Mobile developer ($114,560)
Senior software engineer ($148,098)
Senior back end developer $144,306)

20
Software engineer ($112,969)
NA
JavaScript developer ($142,185)

Source: Indeed

Most In-Demand Tech Jobs in Silicon Valley (ranked by share of job openings)

Rank
2019
2018
2017

1
Software engineer
Software test engineer
Software engineer

2
Senior software engineer
Senior product manager
Front end developer

3
Product manager
Quality assurance engineer
Full stack developer

4
Software architect
Technical program manager
Product manager

5
Full stack developer
Machine learning engineer
Development operations engineer

6
Front end developer
Cloud engineer
Software architect

7
Senior product manager
Principal software engineer
Java developer

8
Data scientist
Firmware engineer
Software test engineer

9
Development operations engineer
Software engineering manager
Senior product manager

10
Software test engineer
Operations analyst
Engineering program manager

11
Developer
IT security specialist
Application developer

12
Data engineer
Product owner
iOS developer

13
System engineer
Senior data analyst
Android developer

14
Back end developer
Principal product manager
Back end developer

15
Quality assurance engineer
Technical product manager
Quality assurance engineer

16
Technical program manager
Senior design engineer
Data warehouse engineer

17
Data analyst
Information technology manager
Automation engineer

18
Machine learning engineer
Senior application engineer
Machine learning engineer

19
Java developer
Business intelligence analyst
Senior Java developer

20
Cloud engineer
Hadoop developer
Cloud engineer

Source: Indeed

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