These starting pay options are from people who have received full-time offers from the company in question, and these figures are approximate. They are for beginning programmer positions.
All companies are notorious for being incredibly secretive about employee pay and do not publish salary ranges. These pay scales were taken from interviews, online forums, job boards and salary aggregators.
Microsoft Starting Salary
Around $90,000 per year on average, can dip as low as $80,000. Typically comes with $50,000 worth of stock over four years.
Google Starting Salary
The standard for large US offices and the Mountain View location is about $100,000/year. This is scaled based on where you live, with a lower salary for areas that have a lower cost of living. Stock grants are between $45k and $71k over a four year vesting period. Google.com can give bonuses of $45,000 per year or more in addition to base pay
Apple Starting Salary
Engineers at apple start at around $90,000 per year with potential cost of living allowances. An average yearly cash bonus of $6000 and around $9000 in stock, placed in your own eTrade account.
Apple offers 25% discounts on all products but is incredibly difficult to get into. Apple is one of the best companies at hiring brilliant, passionate, hip and upbeat people. People at Apple love the company, and it shows in their work. Rumor says that if you see a suit on the 1 Infinite Loop campus, it is guaranteed they are from out of town.
Amazon Starting Salary
Amazon programmers start at about $87,000/year, and the starting salary is pretty standard. Not a lot of room for negotiation. You could receive between $40,000 and $50,000 worth of stock options over 4 years, with a non-uniform vesting period. The longer you stay employed at Amazon.com, the more stock options you get.
Facebook Starting Salary
Facebook starts engineers pay at around $85,000-$90,000/year. The stock options are between 8,000 and 10,000 restricted stock units over four years. This potentially could be worth more than $200,000 if secondary market prices of $28/share continue to hold.
The word salary comes from the latin word for salt, which was the currency used to pay some Roman soldiers.
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