Who pays programmers the most in Silicon Valley? Not Google or Facebook...

If you’re a talented programmer in the San Francisco Bay area and you want to make top dollar for your services, you may want to check out Juniper. Yes, Juniper.

What a lucrative profession coding can be — the best paid software engineers have an average base salary of nearly US$160,000, and they work at Juniper Networks, according to a recent survey.

Juniper, a network equipment maker that competes with Cisco Systems, placed first in a ranking of the 25 highest paying companies for software engineers, compiled by the employee reviews site Glassdoor.

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