California is indeed the American dream. People from all around the world flock to California to find their place under the Sun since it definitely seems like an ideal place to live with your family. And let’s not forget to include walks on the beach and weekend brunches to complete this picture-perfect life. With the presence of big companies, alluringly high salaries, great perks, and beautiful weather adorning the city of San Francisco, CA, it is undoubtedly a very attractive place to build a career.
In comparison to other countries, living in San Francisco might look like it might cost you an arm and leg. Also, the salary per hour of the top 10 best-paid jobs in Silicon Valley might seem too good to be true as some people can't even earn that much in a month. As unattainable as this sounds, don’t despair - you might just be the perfect employee for some of these positions.
Take a look at the following list and you might just find the perfect opportunity to pursue a career of your dreams.
1. Director of Product Management
As a product manager, you may rake in a decently high salary, but as a director of product management, you can't even imagine how high the salary could be. The average annual salary for a director of product management is $179,935, which means that you can earn a whopping $86.50 per hour (assuming you work 8 hours a day).
A daily allowance of $692 seems almost too good to be true. So if you are a product manager with the right qualifications and enough experience, don't miss out on this job. Send a job application, portfolio, and CV as soon as possible.
2. Product Development Engineer
If you are a product development engineer, you’re also bringing in the big bucks. The average annual salary for product development engineers is around $173,241. If you work 40 hours per week for 52 weeks yearly, your salary per hour will be approximately $83.30. This job is generally well paid worldwide but it looks like you can earn much more on this position in Silicon Valley.
3. Data Warehouse Architect
Jobs in data warehouse architecture requires an analytical mind with a flair for handling huge data infrastructure. With such a complex skillset required, it is no wonder that this job comes in at third place on this list with an annual salary of $167,521, which is $80.50 hourly.
4. Platform Engineer
The average yearly salary for platform engineers is about $158,283, which means you can earn $76.10 per hour. Considering this role is vital in bridging the gap between the software and hardware industries, it explains the generous compensation you could get as a platform engineer.
5. Senior Software Architect
Although this job takes a lot of time and needs you to focus and be amazingly creative and innovative, you'll be properly compensated for your time. The annual salary for senior software architects is $157,137, which is $75.50 hourly. This job is perfect for you if you are a software architect.
6. DevOps Manager
The annual salary for DevOps managers is about $151,000, which is $72.60 hourly. If you are good at strategizing and have experience with operations and management, you might get lucky enough to work for a company that needs to fill this role.
7. Senior Architect
A senior architect might earn $147,081 per year. The average weekly salary is almost $2,828, which is $70.70 per hour. If you are an architect, it won’t cost you anything to send a job application and try to work online from home. Many architects from other countries are working for big companies in Silicon Valley. No harm in considering this option.
8. Principal Software Engineer
Software engineers are quite known to have one of the best-paid jobs worldwide. With an annual salary of approximately $144,559, principal software engineers earn about $69.50 per hour in Silicon Valley. This lucrative role is an excellent opportunity for all aspiring software engineers. And if you’re an expert, why not give a try at applying to some of the best companies at Silicon Valley.
9. Senior Solutions Architect
Yes, we know, architects again. Senior solutions architects can earn up to $136,882, which is $65.80 per hour. Amazing, right? Architects are indeed very relevant in the IT industry and occupy much of this list.
10. Principal Java Developer
Java developers have high salaries worldwide, but in Silicon Valley CA, their average annual salary is $134,406, i.e. $64.60 per hour. Although this is the last job on the list, can you imagine life with a daily salary of $517?
As you are reading this, you might just realize that you have the right qualifications for one of the jobs above. Or you might well be on your way to achieving it. There's no harm in trying your luck and sending a job application. It doesn't matter where you are and what you do for a living if you are qualified enough and suitable for the role.
Regardless of whether you are looking for a part-time job or having a goal to become a full-time employee, you should give it a go - a job in Silicon Valley and live the American dream.
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Zakiyah is a freelance content writer. She’s a lifelong learner, looking for opportunities to expand her horizons whenever she can. She loves traveling, playing volleyball and reading up on general developments in the industry.