Amazon AWS Job Title vs. Pay Grade vs. Job Level

National Instruments hwsiengr
Jun 11 18 Comments

How do job titles in the job posting line up with pay grades?
"XXXX Development Engineer" in the job posting = Level ? paygrade
"XXXX Development Lead" in the job posting = Level ? paygrade

What are the job levels?
My current company is:
1. Entry
2. Staff
3. Senior
4. Principal
5. Chief
6. Distinguished (< 10 people in a 8500-person company)
7. Fellow (about 3 people)

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TOP 18 Comments
  • There is a website with all this info about Amazon levels, FYI
    Jun 11 2
  • Microsoft VEN0ME
    Beware Amazon caps pay rather low and puts heavy accent on RSUs. Great if you are calibrated as successful and stock keeps performing. Otherwise... Many people leave after two years because the system is screwing them.
    Jun 12 5
    • Apple VKjg08
      Also, Amazon refreshers has 2 years cliff.
      Jun 12
    • Apple &-919”1
      What does 2 year cliff mean?
      Jun 12
    • Apple VKjg08
      Say you get 100 unit refreshers in 2019, the first 25 will be vested in 2021.
      Jun 12
    • Apple &-919”1
      Ah I see. Thats ok though. Probably they comp you first 2 years with heavy signon. And 3rd, 4th with RSUs.
      Jun 12
    • National Instruments hwsiengr
      OP
      'Refresher', meaning an RSU grant that you get down the road? Not the one you get when signing..
      Jun 12
  • Apple VKjg08
    XXX Development Engineer is usually L5 or L4.
    Form industrial hire it’s usually targeted at L5 but can be downgraded to L4 if YOE is low and interview performance is not impressive.

    IC terminal level is L5.
    If there’s “lead” in the title then it’s usually a L6
    Jun 12 3
    • National Instruments hwsiengr
      OP
      I have 12 years experience across 3 different industries. Recruiter told me that everyone said that I "completely crushed" the interview. By terminal level, you mean beyond L5 is a manager? Or it could also be a senior principal that supervises younger engineers?
      Jun 12
    • Apple VKjg08
      Everyone is expected to reach L5 or will be let go. But you can stay at L5 until retire. Not everybody can reach L6. So “terminal” level. Other companies have it too.

      It looks like you would be offered a L6.
      Jun 13
    • National Instruments hwsiengr
      OP
      Thanks for your insight
      Jun 13
  • Apple VKjg08
    External title and internal level are not always aligned. In general, Senior IC (individual contributor) is L6, Principle is L7, Senior Principle L8, there’s no L9. Distinguished is L10.
    Most IC roles starts at L4.

    For Manager roles. L5 is the Interim Manager. Manager is L6, Sr. Manager L7. Director L8. GM/VP is L10
    EVP / SVP /CxO is L11
    Jeff Bezos is the one and only L12
    Jun 12 1
    • Microsoft dvfz34
      Principal, not principle.
      Jun 13
  • Cisco / Product U there
    Can you share the details of your offer?
    Jun 15 0
  • National Instruments hwsiengr
    OP
    Got it. Like 'career level'. The levels.fyi site shows L6 as 10.4 yr average experience, so L6 seems reasonable based on my YOE and interview feedback.
    Jun 13 0
  • Apple udNF37
    Thanks this is useful info
    Jun 12 0

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