Are salaries in Austin very different from Seattle?

Homeaway ppMg64
Feb 9 31 Comments

I have an offer out and am wondering how do I establish baseline.

For example, does Amazon pay their L7 managers the same as they pay in Seattle?

How much can I expect to get paid in Austin for an Amazon L7 manager role

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  • Microsoft askj123
    What's your current comp and yoe in homeaway? Are you a manager?
    Feb 99
    • Homeaway ppMg64
      OP
      Current comp: 200K Base + 25% bonus + yearly grant of 65K in stock. So yearly TC comes to around 315K. YoE: 15 years. Role: Director of Engineering
      Feb 9
    • Facebook
      Instagrаm

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      In Seattle or BA you could get up to 500k.
      But 500k in Seattle is like 650k in BA.
      Feb 9
    • Homeaway ppMg64
      OP
      I have an offer from Amazon for 450K which then seems inline if not a little lower for the same role?
      Feb 9
    • Facebook
      Instagrаm

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      I imagine FB could offer you E6/M1 with over 200k base, 20% bonus and about 800k-1M of stock over 4 years.
      Feb 9
    • Homeaway ppMg64
      OP
      Would aim for M2 as a minimum if I wanted to consider FB. They aren’t hiring much in Austin though
      Feb 9
    • Amazon / Eng
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      Offer seems to be on low end of salary band.
      Feb 9
    • Facebook
      Instagrаm

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      M2 is pretty competitive and hard to get as an external hire. Also the expectations even at M1 are already pretty high. I’d rather got the top M1 offer and promoted internally than underperformed and ramped up at M2.
      Feb 9
    • Microsoft askj123
      65k rsu seems low. Does it vests in 4 years or do you get 65k vesting every year? Your Amazon offer of 450k seems like a very good offer for Austin. Wonder how much homeaaway pays to senior director?
      Feb 9
    • Homeaway ppMg64
      OP
      65K allocates each year with a 4-year vesting cycle. Equal distribution. I believe Sr Directors get 95K allocated per year
      Feb 9
  • Tableau krxi15
    Funny how the OP is asking Seattle and Austin, but Seattleites wanna compare themselves to Bay Area.
    Feb 94
    • Homeaway ppMg64
      OP
      Don’t wanna move to Bay Area. Netflix had reached out but right now, I don’t wanna uproot my family and move to Bay Area
      Feb 9
    • Salesforce hypeforce
      I don't see anything funny. OP is sensible and realistic. Many move from bay area to Austin too.
      Feb 9
    • Tableau krxi15
      The comment wasn’t directed to OP, it was directed to Seattleites, who immediately jump on comparing themselves with bay area even though the post was about comparing Seattle and Austin.
      Feb 9
    • Salesforce hypeforce
      Got it now
      Feb 9
  • Benefitfocus / Data
    dMOf15

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    Salaries in the Bay Area, Seattle, Austin, and Houston appear to be all about the same to me.
    Feb 95
    • How does DFW compare?
      Feb 9
    • Benefitfocus / Data
      dMOf15

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      Weirdly, DFW seems to pay about 30% less...
      Feb 9
    • New / Engsparked
      DFW doesn’t seem to have much more than code monkeys as it pertains to talent and therefore market rate is way lower. Most of the talent I know in the area works remote
      Feb 9
    • Benefitfocus / Data
      dMOf15

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      Also, I’m speaking in general... not specifically to Amazon
      Feb 9
    • Amazon / Eng
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      Seattle and Bay Area salaries are not same for Amazonian’s.
      Feb 9
  • Microsoft askj123
    Do you currently have an offer from Amazon Austin for level 7? Is it for engineering role?
    Feb 93
    • Homeaway ppMg64
      OP
      Yes.
      Feb 9
    • Amazon / Eng
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      OP...It wont be difficult to find out who you are once u join at Austin, as Austin headcount is not big😂
      Feb 9
    • Homeaway ppMg64
      OP
      Would love to say Hi!! :)
      Feb 9
  • Facebook
    Instagrаm

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    Salaries in Seattle are on par with BA.
    Now answer your question.
    Feb 91
    • Amazon amazons
      Not true at Amazon. BA is about 15% higher across the board.
      Feb 9
  • New / Engsparked
    I just took a job at Amazon Austin and from what I can tell my TC is pretty much in line with SDE2 from Seattle; maybe on the lower side of the band but definitely take home and savings will vastly exceed my counter parts in Seattle
    Feb 91
    • Amazon / Eng
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      There should be no difference in take home for same salary between Seattle and Austin, as there is no state tax in both states. Cost of living is low in Austin for sure compared with Seattle.
      Feb 9
  • New
    D.Trump

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    Whats your offer @Austin? SDE2 makes around 220k and sde 3 around 300k in Austin.
    Feb 110
  • LinkedIn / Datamcliquor
    Same
    Feb 90

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