Average comp for my experience and level in Seattle

Amazon king5
Feb 13, 2018 14 Comments

EDIT: Highlighting that total experience is 7 years, 4 of which are with Amazon since some comments glossed over it.

I work for Amazon in Seattle and my 4 years are coming up soon. I m pretty sure I could make more if I leave. The retail layoff news is discouraging so I am starting to collect information beforehand. I am rated top tier in my team (manager told me).

Assuming $1300 stock price, year 4 comp is at $246k (ending this year). My total comp in year 5 will be $175k with the refresher and I don't want to take a paycut. I am an SDE2 at Amazon with a total of 7 years of software experience and 2 years of researcher experience before that. I have over 4 years of experience in ML and data science. What would be an appropriate level and comp at other companies in/around Seattle for me?

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  • Facebook / Eng instandidl
    Go for senior at FB. TC approx 350k.
    Feb 13, 2018 2
    • Amazon king5
      OP
      Thanks. Just confirming that this is in Seattle and not CA, right?

      Also what's the average experience of senior at FB? Is the senior equivalent a L6 at Amazon?
      Feb 13, 2018
    • Facebook Cpt Picard
      Facebook pays the same in both CA and Seattle. Yes, senior (E5) is L6 (SDE3). You could try but it's not easy to get E5 from SDE2.
      Feb 13, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng
    umm yolo?

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    Btw, E5 @ 350k is possible but you'd have to kill the interview. In reality, average E5 is more like 300k give or take. E6 is 375k to 450k and E7 is 500k+
    Feb 13, 2018 5
    • Facebook / Eng
      umm yolo?

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      Also, getting E5 with 4 years is tougher as you'll likely be targeted at E4. Nailing the interview may get you E5 but you'll unlikely see 350k, probably 300k maybe less sice you're 4 years. Typical engineer is expected to reach E5 after 5 years, 4 is fast.
      Feb 13, 2018
    • Amazon king5
      OP
      Mentioned in my post, I have 7 years experience, almost 4 of them at Amazon. What would be a good TC for E4 7 years experience including ML in Seattle since that seems to be a certain (to am extent) bet.
      Feb 13, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng
      umm yolo?

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      Sorry, 7yrs is E5. Early end of the spectrum of E5. I believe average TC would be low 300s
      Feb 13, 2018
    • Amazon king5
      OP
      Thanks everyone. What would be high E4 comp in FB (just trying to get worst case scenario in case I choke in the interviews)?
      Feb 13, 2018
    • Netflix fs92
      E5 can go up to ~525 the first year with a competing offer from Google.
      Feb 16, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng Mwsz62
    From an immediate tc pov you can't really beat g or fb. Fb numbers quoted above sound right (~300+) at e5. With 7 years exp e5 should be attainable.
    Feb 13, 2018 0
  • Amazon king5
    OP
    Any google, microsoft, or netflix folks want to chime in with what I can realistically expect as my comp if I switch? Also which other companies in Seattle pay well, have good career growth prospects, and are doing well financially?
    Feb 13, 2018 3
    • Google trwery1
      You will most probably be L4 at Google with less than 8 yrs exp. TC should be 300k since you are already at 250k.
      Feb 14, 2018
    • Amazon king5
      OP
      Thanks. What's the average L4 Google package not considering current package?
      Feb 14, 2018
    • Netflix fs92
      Netflix is not in Seattle, only bay area, but the comp really varies based on how good you are. Some are at 300, some at 600+. There's no levels so it's hard to give you a tighter range. Hard to say exactly, but if you kill it you could get up to 400 or 425.
      Feb 16, 2018