Amazon base pay

Microsoft TcqR08
Mar 1 30 Comments

Is it true that there is cap on amazon base pay(~170k) no matter what level you are?

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  • New / Eng sparked
    160 generally 185 BA and NYC but yes there is a cap
    Mar 1 13
    • Amazon xkcd
      You have a Target compensation. They will give you refreshers to ensure you make that compensation or more (at least about to projected targets at the beginning of the year)
      Assume your target compensation is your base plus first year bonus right now and will adjust each year.
      Mar 1
    • New / Eng sparked
      So if refreshers aren’t intended to increase your TC, what process does amazon use to increase TC and does that process coincide with refreshers?
      Mar 1
    • CLARA analytics
      ethanhunt7

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      ethanhunt7more
      Okay, makes sense. But what I meant was do you get refreshers for sure irrespective of whether your current RSUs (vesting percentage) match up to the TC for that particular year (year 3 in this case)? Let’s say your TC stays the same in year 3 with no bonus but 40% of the vesting that’s allowed in year 3. Does one get refreshers then for sure? Or is it again case by case, or some clause again?
      Mar 1
    • Amazon maxibeff
      Your initial grant will cover the first 4 years. If your target TC doesn't change the first 4 years, you likely won't get anything new to increase the TC the first 4 years outside of the stock appreciation.

      Each year, you'll be considered for comp increase based on your performance. If you perform well, your target TC will increase accordingly. But, keep in mind that the stock may still appreciate and your actual comp may still be higher than your target TC. In this case you still won't get new refreshers that will vest during your first 4 years. The new grants you get during the first 4 years will account to make you whole for year 4+. In some cases if you don't get promoted during the first 4 years, you will see a drop in your total TC because your target is lower than the actual TC during your first 4 years attributed from the stock appreciation. However, your target TC should still be higher than what you got at time of the offer.

      Hope that makes sense.
      Mar 1
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      ethanhunt7

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      Makes sense. Thanks a lot, maxibeff.
      Mar 1
  • Amazon bHXi80
    165 is correct
    Mar 1 5
    • Yahoo / Eng
      mqpzla

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      mqpzlamore
      Since when? December 2018, recruiter literally cried saying 160K is max they can give because of the cap. And he can talk to manager again to see if bonus and stocks can be bumped up. Position SDE 2/ L5, YOE 6.
      Mar 1
    • Amazon bHXi80
      That means you got fooled! I have seen it from a friend it’s 165k so I can be 100% believe what you want
      Mar 1
    • Yahoo / Eng
      mqpzla

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      mqpzlamore
      Holy crap!
      Mar 1
    • Amazon bHXi80
      Let me talk to a manager bs. They know how much they will let you know so you can’t bargain more if you don’t know any better
      Mar 1
    • Amazon bHXi80
      Also partly prolly the recruiter you talked to did not see the note. They are not gonna market that max limit. You gotta search for it
      Mar 1
  • Microsoft TcqR08
    OP
    What’s the tc range for sde2-l2 and l3
    Mar 1 3
    • Yahoo / Eng
      mqpzla

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      mqpzlamore
      Whats l2 ans l3? 😂😂😂
      Mar 1
    • Microsoft TcqR08
      OP
      Level 2 and level 3
      Mar 1
    • Yahoo / Eng
      mqpzla

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      mqpzlamore
      Amazon has SDE2 L2 and SDE2 L3? Educate me how it works!
      Mar 1
  • Yahoo / Eng
    mqpzla

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    mqpzlamore
    What's the base cap for Seattle?
    Mar 1 2
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      ethanhunt7

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      ethanhunt7more
      160
      Mar 1
    • Amazon xkcd
      165 as of last year
      Mar 1
  • Microsoft TcqR08
    OP
    As per the recruiter, there are 3 levels under sde2. I could be wrong too. Btw how much tc did you finally manage to negotiate for your position?
    Mar 1 1
    • Amazon / Eng ethanol
      Recruiters in BSing
      Mar 2
  • Microsoft TcqR08
    OP
    Yup..I agree. I clarified with a friend
    Mar 2 0