Glassdoor: Google Leads in Pay for Software Engineers

Susan Hall

Software engineering has been named the top job of 2012 by several organizations, a field expected to grow by 30 percent, much faster than others, by 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.

A new report from Glassdoor provides some insight into why: Straight out of college, at just 21 or 22 years old, job candidates can enter a field where the national average base salary is $92,648. That doesn’t include signing bonuses, stock options and various other perks they receive.

Based on info from 5,000 people who contributed salary reports, 13 of the 15 companies featured in the report pay more; the base at IBM ($89,390) and Intel ($92,194) doesn’t quite measure up. The Los Angeles Times has the graphic showing the 15; Glassdoor is expected to post the story on its blog later today.

Going for the big money? Try Google, with a base salary of $128,336, topping rival Facebook at $123,626.

Others in the top 10:

  • Apple —  $114,413
  • EBay — $108,80
  • Zynga — $105,568
  • Microsoft — $104,362
  • Intuit — $103,284
  • Amazon — $103,070
  • Oracle — $102,204
  • Cisco — $101,909

Of course, that doesn’t mean these are starting salaries. Microsoft reigns there, starting workers with 0 to five years’ experience at an average $91,500, according to PayScale. Its closest rivals are Google, $87,500; Oracle, $78,100; and, $88,900.

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Oct 23, 2012 5:17 PM hoapres hoapres  says:
Sounds good. Reality Check. 1. The BLS has been horribly WRONG about prior predictions of the IT job market. 2. More important. It's a nice theory study software engineering and get a $100K+ job upon graduation. Couple of problems. Google, Facebook, etc. only hire the BEST from TOP 10 schools. And if that were not enough, you are not likely to be "21 or 22 years old". Try having a PhD in CS from a TOP 10 school to be a credible candidate at Google and Facebook. You are likely to be 25 or even older before getting hired at Google and Facebook. 3. Saying $100K+ jobs exist for 21 year olds in software is akin to saying 21 year olds can make $20 million a year as a pitcher in the major leagues or a wide receiver in the NFL. What is not mentioned is that for every one that makes it to the major leagues is that many languish in poverty in the minor leagues. Reply

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