Google Pays Their Software Engineers More Than Facebook, Apple

By: Josh Wolford - October 18, 2012

If you’re a software engineer looking for work, your number one choice should probably be Google, according to a new report. Of course, that’s if money is your prime directive.

According to a study from jobs site Glassdoor, Google edges out the next best tech competitor, on average, by about $5,000. Glassdoor bases their findings on anonymous salary reports shared with them over the last year. Fifteen tech companies are part of the survey.

As of today, the average salary for a Google software engineer is $128,336. Of course, that’s base pay and doesn’t even include stuff like stock options, bonuses, health care costs, etc. Not a bad chunk of change.

Here are the companies that round out the top five:

  • Facebook: $123,626
  • Apple: $114,413
  • eBay: $108,809
  • Zynga: $105,568

Glassdoor says that the average base salary of software engineers across the country is $92,648. That’s up 2.5% since last year, and as you can see the top five tech companies in the survey best that average by $12,000 to $30,000.

This isn’t the first time in recent memory that Google has been at the top of the pile in terms of job desirability. Last week, LinkedIn unveiled their “Most InDemand Employers” list for 2012 – and Google topped it. Apple and Facebook also made an appearance in the top five of their list, as did Microsoft.

Google also placed first on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for” list, published back in January. They cited health benefits, food, recreation, and the overall culture as reason for their choice.

[via ZDNet]

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  • http://techlister.com Web Trends

    Yeah big companies, big salaries, employer and employees counting money, its all $$$$… in their eyes, but they have lost the basic values.. what is the value of those figures when you are dead and gone…

    Not to be sentimental, while you count your money, also count the webmasters and websites, who have lost their lives because of some stupid algorithm.

  • http://techlister.com Web Trends

    Its because of those EMD’s google grew fast in the past few years, biting the hand that feeds – fits perfect for google. Correct me If I am wrong.

    Machines, computer programs and money is valued much, where is human value?

    Google advised about ad placement with its heat map, now talks about page layout, Google gave placed emd’s in search result, now kicks out the same emd’s, where is reliability?

    Those $$$ were useless when its beyond the scope of human values. Monopoly attitude never will succeed.