Autonomous Vehicles - Compensation

New NxbJ07
Feb 12, 2018 27 Comments

How much are engineers and researchers (l4-7) at @Waymo, @Zoox, @Cruise, @Argo, @Aurora, @Uber ATG, @Apple Special Projects,,, ... making?

We are a seed stage startup and are hiring engineers with robotics (SLAM), computer vision, distributed systems background. What are your expectations from a young startup that is working with several AV teams?


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TOP 27 Comments
  • Google pain
    Frankly I am beginning to feel AV space is also getting into a bubble.
    Feb 12, 2018 8
    • Google pain
      I am still skeptical whether complete AV will be here in 5-10 years. I think L5 AV is still couple of decades away at least in mainstream.
      Feb 12, 2018
    • New NxbJ07
      Makes sense - but kinda depends on how you term mainstream. Cause if you can have 500-1000 L4-5 Vehicles in 4-5 cities each by 2021-2022 that is actually a great milestone. What do you think?
      Feb 12, 2018
    • Google pain
      Somehow my feeling is that we need to come up with drastically different methods of machine learning to do that. I feel there will be a paradigm shift in machine learning which will probably lead to L5 AV on road.
      Feb 13, 2018
    • New Wowzaa
      Agreed, that’s where some of the newer teams (who are not in a copy Waymo model) are focusing their efforts!
      Feb 13, 2018
    • Amazon / Product WSOc36
      I think this will start first in long haul trucking. The economics there are amazing - rather than utilize an asset for 10 hours a day (federal regulated driving limit) you can utilize it for 24 hours. A recent Morgan Stanley report put the hardware payback on the order of weeks. I think this will get here a lot faster than everyone thinks. It might be overnight long hauls at first between depots with yard jockeys doing the last 100 yards. But it will quickly replace all tractor trailer drivers.
      Mar 27, 2018
  • Adobe / Eng

    Adobe Eng

    Yet another backend engineer in the SF Bay Area ...
    My friend tells me that he has base pay of $175k and 15% target bonus + equity worth $1M over 4 years as a senior software engineer at ArgoAI (mountain view) ... not sure about their evaluation
    Feb 19, 2018 0
  • Fitbit hDps75
    I just finished the interview process, got 4 offers two with (non startup) AV companies two with FANG. My offers were all in the same ballpark, AV or no AV. I didn't find there was a huge premium for AV companies. In fact, Google offered me the most (for ML SWE).
    Feb 13, 2018 1
    • Splunk jdDp34
      Open to sharing the numbers or range?
      Feb 14, 2018
  • HERE / Eng herrkovax
    As someone who just moved around in the space TC of like 500k makes sense
    Feb 12, 2018 3
    • Airbnb bearbnb
      what kind of experience for 500k?
      Feb 12, 2018
    • Groupon / Product GrnI88
      Are you making 500k at Here or elsewhere?
      Feb 12, 2018
    • Uber Vassily
      I confirm that 500k+ TC in startup and low to mid 400k in public company for a senior is what I was offered recently for AV
      Feb 12, 2018
  • HERE / Eng herrkovax
    PhD physics 5 years post with 3 in HAD specifically. Just moved to Uber
    Feb 12, 2018 2
    • Airbnb Oooo!!!
      Wow that’s awesome. Congrats! How much base?
      Feb 12, 2018
    • HERE / Eng herrkovax
      Feb 12, 2018
  • Toyota 5PN85
    How about comps for PM role at waymo / uber / zoox? What's the average for L6 / L7 equivalent at Google.
    Mar 20, 2018 1
    • Lyft zQVR15
      Annual base for L5/L6: $180k + $200k stock
      Aug 4
  • Airbnb AirBUB
    These comps sound a little high for smaller startups - seed/ series <b. I noticed base 130-150 with varying stocks
    Feb 26, 2018 0
  • Airbnb bearbnb
    can I apply? backend engineer here
    Feb 13, 2018 1
    • New Wowzaa
      For sure - we need awesome engineers, I am at
      Feb 13, 2018
  • Qualcomm / Eng GoHiking
    What are the best futures for these AV startups? Acquired by bigger companies?
    Feb 13, 2018 1
    • New Wowzaa
      Depends on their model - and moreover the people behind it. I obviously think we are different. But I am biased.
      Feb 13, 2018
  • Amazon


    Would like to know too, from entry to senior level.
    Feb 12, 2018 0