Compensation

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft Salaries

Over the last month, we’ve seen a lot of compensation data provided anonymously by tech employees. We compiled and standardized some of this data to improve our understanding of what companies are paying, and we realized that we might want to share our findings.

Summary of Results

For this first pass, we focused on engineering compensation at Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft because there were more data points to work with. We standardized the engineering levels to the best of our abilities to compare compensation across companies for each level. We welcome any feedback or corrections to improve our analysis.

We found that Total Annual Compensation is the highest at Google, mostly due to their cash+stock bonus.  For Levels 1 and 2, base salaries are comparable across the four companies. At Levels 3 and 4, Google and Facebook offer the highest salaries. Google’s cash+stock bonus value trumps all others, especially at more senior levels.

Median Annual Compensation Per Level  

level comparisons

 

A Closer Look at the Data

Here’s the underlying data to the chart. You can also view the raw data here.

Count Annual Comp (Median) Salary (Median) Bonus (Median) Stock Bonus (Median) Signing Bonus (Median)
Level 1
Amazon SDE1 33 $ 117,500 $95,000 $15,000 $20,625 $25,000
Facebook E3 14 $ 154,550 $107,000 $10,800 $33,750 $75,000
Google T3 10 $ 172,000 $110,000 $16,125 $49,000 $11,000
Microsoft SDE1 (59 or 60) 32 $ 123,500 $107,500 $11,000 $12,500 $15,000
Level 2
Amazon SDE2 25 $ 147,500 $120,000 $42,000 $25,000 $25,000
Facebook E4 20 $ 183,050 $138,500 $33,750 $33,750 $25,000
Google T4 25 $ 201,000 $ 130,000 $49,000 $49,000 $ 15,000
Microsoft SDE2 (61 or 62) 53 $ 143,000 $123,000 $10,000 $10,000 $20,000
Level 3
Amazon SDE3 11 $ 180,000 $140,000 $0 $38,769 $50,000
Facebook E5 19 $ 249,700 $170,000 $62,500 $62,500 $50,000
Facebook E6 4 $ 358,750 $200,000 $118,750 $118,750 $20,000
Google T5 12 $ 306,500 $ 160,000 $100,000 $100,000 $ 30,000
Google T6 2 $ 472,500 $ 207,500 $205,000 $205,000 $ 7,000
Microsoft Senior SDE (63 or 64) 7 $ 199,000 $143,733 $24,000 $24,000 $17,500
Level 4
Amazon Principal Software Engineer 1 $ 445,000 $160,000 $35,000 $250,000
Google T6 2 $ 472,500 $ 207,500 $205,000 $205,000 $ 7,000
Microsoft Principal SDE (65, 66, or 67) 1 $ 261,000 $179,000 $43,000 $43,000
Notes:
Google's T6 straddles Level 4 and Level 5, which is why it appears in each band
Bonuses and stock amounts were all annualized straight-line. In reality, Amazon's vesting schedule is 5%, 15%, 40%, and 40% over the 4 years, but we ignored this for comparison
Signing bonuses were not included in the Total Compensation calculation

 

Another way to look at this, for example, is that an SDE2 at Microsoft might make  $123,000 base with $20,000 in cash and stock bonus. The equivalent level at Facebook would be an E4 making $138,500 base  and about $44,500 in bonus.

We also looked at each company to see how Total Compensation changes across engineering levels. Compensation growth is highest at Google and Facebook, while Amazon has the smallest increase. Reported salary ranges for each level varied significantly.  This may reflect different seniority and performance within a level, the value of the company stock when equity was awarded, or other supply and demand factors.

Total Compensation Ranges Per Level

Comp Ranges for Levels

 

Breaking down compensation between Salary, Equity, and Cash Bonuses, we can see that Facebook and Google offer the largest opportunity for salary and equity value growth with increasing levels.

Median Total Compensation Breakdown

Comp Breakdown

Contribute to the Analysis

We pulled this data together from a few sources listed at the bottom of this post, and we’d like to build on it and make it better.  We could use more data points for the four companies, particularly at the higher levels, as well as compensation data for other companies and tech roles. This would allow us to map levels and compensation across the larger companies or see how compensation for each role changes with company growth at smaller companies.

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