This Is How Much Engineers Make at Airbnb, Uber, and Snapchat

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This Is How Much Engineers Make at Airbnb, Uber, and Snapchat

By Salvador RodriguezStaff reporter, [email protected]


Software engineers across the nation make $104,000 a year on average, but for those working at the top tech companies in the world, that's just the start. New data released Tuesday shows that the average coder working for the likes of Apple, Amazon, Uber and others easily make more than $200,000 when salary, equity and bonuses are all added up.
At the top of the charts is Airbnb, which pays its average engineer a total compensation of $312,000 per year, according to a report by The Information. The figures in the report come from Paysa, a startup that collects compensation data. At Airbnb, more than half of a coder's pay comes in his or her equity in the company.
Paysa's data shows that it's still a good time to be a software engineer working in Silicon Valley. The data published reflects that of typical software engineers and excludes the salaries of senior engineers and product managers.

Airbnb is the only firm that appears to be paying programmers more than $300,000 a year on average, but there are many others who exceed the $200,000 mark. They include Uber ($292,000), Twitter ($290,000), Facebook ($285,000), Snapchat ($252,000), Google ($233,000), Microsoft ($222,000), Apple ($208,000) and Amazon ($203,000).

A separate report released in late August by Hired shows that geographically the San Francisco Bay Area remains the region with the top salaries for software engineers. There, the average salary for an engineer is $136,000. That is followed by Seattle at $128,000 and Los Angeles, where coders get paid $124,000 annually on average.

The reason for these extravagant salaries is easy to explain: while the tech industry continues booming, the demand for engineers grows but the supply for this talent has not kept up. Across the United States, there are more than 223,000 vacant software developer jobs, according to data released earlier this year by ACT | The App Association. More than 91 percent of these jobs are located outside of Silicon Valley.

But while software engineers are getting well compensated, they are not the highest paid jobs in tech. On average, coders earn $123,000 a year, according to Hired. That trails the salaries of product managers and data scientists, who make $133,000 and $127,000, respectively. Behind software developers are designers, who make $115,000 on average.
 

warsaw

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But, in the mean time, before we get too old, we can get on the bandwagon and grab some of this easy money!
 

Larry$$$

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Naw . They hired a Indian guy for quarter the price. What's makes you think the tech gonna hire Americans? Those Indian programmers want to stay in US...they take anything for a green card.
 

warsaw

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Just like speaking your native language. How easy was it?

Programming is like learning a new language and once you’re fluent, it’s not that hard.
 

Ubsz

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Just like speaking your native language. How easy was it?

Programming is like learning a new language and once you’re fluent, it’s not that hard.
I’m learning python right now, and it ain’t that easy because it’s very tedious. Learning a language is difficult too. You might be able to speak a little with practice, but to be fluent in a second language without living there takes a lot of work. But it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Anyone with a CS degree has a job, same with nursing, accounting, and stat degrees.
 

LoveHateThisJob

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292K for a failed routing system, that hasn't been corrected since the companies existence.

These are the people making the money off of our backs, while some of us struggle to make $150 to be able to afford to do this job.

Shameful....and we will not stand for this any longer!
 

warsaw

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$292K is about 5-6 times more than what a Bay Area full time U/L driver makes and if you consider expenses, it's probably about 10X a typical net income for ant.

Shameful Indeed, but I would call it, Highway Robbery!
 

eazycc

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Naw . They hired a Indian guy for quarter the price. What's makes you think the tech gonna hire Americans? Those Indian programmers want to stay in US...they take anything for a green card.
Not quite. Here's how it works

Company hires contractor to fill role. They likely pay nearly as much as a full timer but they don't want to bother with screening for the role et .

Contractor then puts out some lowball price for the job. No person living in the area is willing to take the job for the rate posted.

Contractor then fills the role with H1B Deepak or whoever, pays legal fees for the H1B and pockets the difference . That's why it's like that.
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$292K is about 5-6 times more than what a Bay Area full time U/L driver makes and if you consider expenses, it's probably about 10X a typical net income for ant.

Shameful Indeed, but I would call it, Highway Robbery!
$292k is very atypical. Besides no one will be willing to take that considering the huge tax liability for that!

What's likely padding that number is employees getting paid in RSU, plus the cost of the benefits they get which articles grossly overvalue, and not to mention that they lump executives in that average too. Actual cash is ~$120ish.


Just like speaking your native language. How easy was it?

Programming is like learning a new language and once you’re fluent, it’s not that hard.
It's not hard. You just have to have the mindset for it. Programing is more of using a a set of tools, not a language. That said can you build a shed with your assigned tools if asked? Or figure out how to ford a river with the resources at hand?

It doesn't take much to drive. It does take skills that not everyone has to build something.
 
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