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What’s the maximum that Oracle senior software engineers can earn?

Oracle senior software engineers who rise to the IC-6 level (i.e., architect) can pull down an annual salary of $263,500, with stock options worth roughly $212,833 per year, along with a bonus of $17,667. That’s according to, which crowd-sources salary data.

Compare that to Microsoft, where engineers who climb to level 69—making them a full-fledged “partner”—can earn $270,000, with a stock grant of $500,000 and a bonus of $140,000 (although the database only has data from a single respondent at that level). At level 67 (just below), Microsoft engineers make around $222,714 in salary, along with $226,000 per year in stock options, and a bonus of $73,143.

Over at Google, meanwhile, software engineers who ascend to full-on director (L8) can enjoy total compensation of roughly $800,000 (but as with Microsoft level 69, there are few L8 respondents to, making it harder to get an accurate grasp of salaries at this level). The level below, L7 (roughly equivalent to Microsoft’s level 67) can earn $256,059 in annual salary, $286,176 in stock, and a bonus of $83,294.

Here’s a chart with the full rundown of Google, Microsoft, and Oracle senior software engineer salaries:

According to, Oracle pays its most junior software engineers the highest average salary of the big tech companies: $127,450. That’s slightly ahead of Google and Apple ($124,009 and $118,810, respectively) and far ahead of Microsoft and IBM ($105,747 and $91,357).

At both the most junior and senior engineering levels, though, it seems that Oracle skimps on bonuses a bit compared to most of its competitors. Check out this chart for entry-level software engineers:

As with other major tech companies, pay likely increases substantially for Oracle senior software engineers with highly specialized skills (and lots of experience) in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence (A.I.), and cloud architecture. Considering Oracle’s hardcore pivot to the cloud—after decades of drawing the bulk of its revenues from on-premises IT infrastructure and maintenance—tech professionals who can help build out public, private, and hybrid cloud services can no doubt negotiate even higher pay.

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