The 20 highest-paying companies in Silicon Valley in 2019

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It’s no secret that Silicon Valley companies are big money-makers and, as a result, many pay their employees above-average salaries.

The California region – home to some of the richest people in America – has headquartered companies since the early days of the tech boom. The valley includes Bay Area cities such as San Francisco, San Jose, and Palo Alto.

Recent findings from Glassdoor show the Valley’s highest-paying tech companies boast median salaries ranging from $US133,000 to almost $US171,000. These 20 companies – plus five others outside Silicon Valley – fill up the top 25 spots on Glassdoor’s full report highlighting the highest-paying companies today.

Read more: The 25 highest-paying companies in 2019

Many of these companies – including big names like LinkedIn and Google – appeared in previous Glassdoor reports, while this year’s lineup also welcomed some new names. Some notable tech giants, including Microsoft,Amazon, and Dell Technologies, are excluded as they are based elsewhere in the country.

Keep reading for a look at the highest-paying Silicon Valley companies, ranked in order of median total compensation.


20. Genentech

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Genentech was founded over 40 years ago, and is based in South San Francisco. A part of Roche – which is based in Pleasanton, California – the biotech and pharmaceutical company generates over $US10 billion a year. Last year, Genentech ranked No. 2 on a list of the most trustworthy pharma companies.

Median total compensation: $US133,605


19. Adobe

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Adobe – known for its creative programs and computer software – is headquartered in San Jose, California. The company was founded in 1982.

Median total compensation: $US135,027


18. Veritas

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Veritas employees at a Pride parade. Veritas/Glassdoor

Founded one year after Adobe, the computer hardware and software company Veritas is located in Mountain View, California. According to Glassdoor, the company generates between $US2 billion and $US5 billion per year.

Median total compensation: $US137,244


17. Western Digital

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Another computer software company, Western Digital joins Veritas in paying its employees a median salary of around $US137,000. Like Adobe, the company is based in San Jose.

Median total compensation: $US137,527


16. eBay

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Also based in San Jose, eBay is widely known for its online shopping experience. Business Insider reported this summer that the company continues to look for ways to better compete with Amazon, most recently by offering its own shipping program.

Median total compensation: $US140,056


15. Synopsys

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Synopsys tech company is based in Mountain View, California. The company was founded in 1986 and generates between $US2 and $US5 billion per year, according to Glassdoor.

Median total compensation: $US140,577


14. Workday

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Workday employees Glassdoor/Workday

One of the newest companies on the list, Workday services include financial management for large companies. The business is based in Pleasanton, California, and was founded in 2005.

Median total compensation: $US141,893


13. Autodesk

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Another computer hardware and software company, Autodesk is based in San Rafael, California. According to Glassdoor, the company brings in approximately $US2 to $US5 billion in revenue per year.

Median total compensation: $US142,083


12. PlayStation

One of the world’s biggest names in video games, PlayStation is a part of parent company Sony. Based in San Mateo, California, the gaming company was founded in 1994.

Median total compensation: $US143,229


11. ServiceNow

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Network solutions company ServiceNow was founded in 2004. The company is based in Santa Clara, California.

Median total compensation: $US145,529


10. Juniper Networks

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Founded in 1996, Juniper Networks is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. The company pays between 5,001 and 10,000 employees.

Median total compensation: $US146,781


9. Salesforce

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Founded in 1999, the customer relations management company brings in over $US10 billion in revenue per year. The Salesforce offices are headquartered in San Francisco.

Median total compensation: $US150,379


8. Facebook

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One of the most recognisable names on the list, Facebook has been based in Menlo Park, California, ever since CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg moved the company from his Harvard dorm room.

Median total compensation: $US152,962


7. LinkedIn

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Founded a year before Facebook in 2003, LinkedIn is based in Mountain View, California. The professional network currently employs over 10,000 people.

Median total compensation: $US157,402


6. VMware

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Founded in 1998, VMware is part of Dell Technologies. While its parent company is based in Round Rock, Texas, the tech division is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Median total compensation: $US158,063


5. Google

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Founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google is well known for its Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California. The massive company employs over 10,000 people.

Median total compensation: $US161,254


4. Gilead Sciences

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Gilead Sciences is based in Foster City, California. Like the other pharma companies in Silicon Valley, it has been around for over 30 years.

Median total compensation: $US162,210


3. Twitter

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Twitter employees Twitter/Glassdoor

Led by CEO Jack Dorsey, Twitter is based in San Francisco. The company was founded by Dorsey in 2006.

Median total compensation: $US162,852


2. NVIDIA

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Based in Santa Clara, the computer company’s invention of the Graphics Processing Unit advanced the PC gaming market and “modern computer graphics.” Today, the company employs over 10,000 people and boasts an annual revenue between $US5 and $US10 billion.

Median total compensation: $US170,068


1. Palo Alto Networks

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Also based in Santa Clara, California, the security company Palo Alto Networks was founded in 2005. The company partners with organisations to avoid cyber breaches and employs 5,001 to 10,000 people total.

Median total compensation: $US170,929