What does Amazon pay its technologists?
It’s a key question, especially as the e-commerce conglomerate finds itself locked in a fierce battle for talent with other tech giants. In recent months, Amazon has increased the maximum base salary for its technologists and office workers to $350,000, in addition to giving employees record amounts of inventory.
For an answer, we turn to levels.fyi, which brings together compensation data from multiple tech companies. While crowdsourcing isn’t always the most scientific way to determine salaries, .fyi level pay ranges generally tend to align with those presented by other sources, such as Glassdoor.
For the purposes of this analysis, we focused on entry-level positions, specifically software engineers, product designers, product managers, and software development managers. Here are the results:
As with any tech job at any company, the base salary is important, but the stocks are where things get really interesting. Entry-level roles for leadership positions can potentially earn a lot of stock that is scheduled to vest over a certain multi-year period, and if the company is doing well over that period, that can translate by a significant total compensation. While Amazon’s decision to increase maximum wages won’t impact many entry-level workers, increasing stock subsidies could make a major difference, provided those employees stay, of course.
Amazon’s salary for entry-level technologists is also roughly equivalent to what you’d find at other tech giants. Will the company try to further differentiate itself through future stock and salary increases? That’s an open question, though an internal company article from February 2022, reviewed by GeekWire, suggests that Amazon is indeed concerned about retention: “The past year has seen a particularly competitive and by doing a thorough analysis of the various options, weighing the economics of our business and the need to remain competitive to attract and retain top talent, we have decided to significantly increase our compensation levels compared to a typical year.”
If you’re interested in working for Amazon, the company often posts jobs that require proficiency in software development, Java, Amazon Web Services (AWS), C++, and Python. As with other tech giants, the interview process involves phone screens and tech testing — check out this interesting breakdown from an Amazon hiring manager.