Adobe Software Engineer Salaries Draw Comparisons with Tech Industry

Founded in 1982, Adobe is ancient by tech-world standards, and yet its products continue to dominate the developer and designer worlds. It survived a bruising battle with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs over Flash (although Flash ended up a casualty) as well as the transition to the cloud and subscription services (irritating any number of customers in the process), and Photoshop remains a staple of web developers everywhere. 

Working for Adobe’s unique platform requires a specialized set of skills. Depending on the role, skills required might include everything from MySQL and PHP experience (for backend work) to working for cloud architecture and C/C++ (in the case of Photoshop developer work). As a result, salaries for Adobe software engineers is generally pretty good (and aligns with industry standards); in order to uncover compensation ranges, we turned to, which anonymously crowdsources that data from people who claim to work as engineers at various tech firms:

(While it’s true that anonymous crowdsourcing isn’t the most scientific way of surfacing salary data,’s numbers generally align with those presented by Glassdoor, which also crowdsources salary data.)

Adobe’s entry-level software engineering salaries match up well with those at the biggest tech companies, according to’s data:

According to Dice’s 2020 edition of the Salary Report, the average pay in the technology industry hit $94,000 in 2019—just a 1.3 percent increase from 2018. But that’s not the whole story: Salaries increased in specific cities (including some up-and-coming tech hubs such as Denver) as well as for particular skills:

Skills that experienced huge salary gains between 2018 and last year included Swift, HANA, MapReduce, and Apache Kafka. In other words, a mix of front-end and back-end skills, with a heavy focus on data wrangling. No matter where you work, having the right mix of skills and experience can translate into a significant compensation bump.