The market for software developers remains red hot. And companies looking to attract the best and brightest minds are paying top dollar —  stressing yet again the need for additional educational resources in the fields of science, engineering and math.

According to a new study out this week by jobs and career site Glassdoor, 11 tech giants are paying on average more than $100,000 in base pay for software engineers. Google led the way with average base pay of $128,336, followed by Facebook at $123,626.

Both companies have growing engineering centers in the Seattle area, as does struggling Zynga which ranked high on the list with average base pay of $105,568. Apple ranked third on the list with average base pay of $114,413.

Microsoft and, meanwhile, ranked in the middle of the pack with average salaries of $104,362 and $103,070, respectively.

In Seattle as a whole, software engineers reported an average base pay of $102,006. That was the second highest in the nation, coming in about $5,000 behind San Francisco where the average base pay stood at $107,798.

The national average base salary for software engineers stood at $92,648.

The Glassdoor study follows a report earlier this month which showed that tech workers are making more money than workers in other fields.

According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for software engineers is projected to be 30 percent from 2010-2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

Perhaps it’s time to encourage the kids or grandkids to pursue computer science.

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  • Guest

    Thank you to Amazon, to Apple, to Cisco, to eBay, to Facebook, to Google, to Intuit, to Microsoft, to Oracle, to Yahoo!, and to Zynga for enriching the lives of so many in our industry.

  • jon

    It would be interesting to see that adjusted by the cost of living. Clearly Seattle would beat San Francisco, but some of the other locations might win out, albeit with fewer choices after you do your 2 years at Amazon or wherever.

  • Steven

    really good post! This should inform hiring managers that they need to compete for candidates not the other way around.

  • Javo

    Are those salaries per year???

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