I Reverse Engineered Amazon L4 - L6 Pay Bands

Amazon / Product Xljp38
Jul 1, 2018 25 Comments

I pulled data from various sources and set some criteria to remove outliers with the goal of determining the L4 - L6 pay bands for recent hires. Folks who have been hired several years back may enjoy a TC which is higher due to stock appreciation, however, the focus of this data is on the last 2 years and most likely the bands for any incoming L4 - L6 SDE.

Happy to be wrong, please help improve the data if you don't agree. I would say that the below data is accurate for 90%+ accurate and would be the TC for any INCOMING OFFER at Amazon in the SF Bay Area.

Location: SF Bay Area (could apply to other locations, ie Seattle)
Data: TC offer from Amazon for incoming SDE

L4 SDE TC: Ceiling at 160k at the upper end of the band

L5 SDE TC: Varies from 150 - 200k

L6 SDE TC: Varies from 180k - 250k

*TC = Total Compensation (Base Salary + Sign On Bonus + RSUs)

At Amazon, RSU is:

Year1: 5%
Year2: 15%
Year3: 40%
Year4: 40%

Sign on Bonus is over 2 years to compensate for the low RSU %.

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TOP 25 Comments
  • Amazon Fckit
    Sorry, these are not even close. Too low.
    Jul 1, 2018 0
  • Amazon Shaktiman!
    Did you mean Microsoft salary bands?
    Jul 1, 2018 0
  • Amazon Jabberwook
    Far off for Bay Area. L5 top of target range is 250k. Bottom of range is around 175-180k as I recall. L4 top of range is around 170k. L6 bottom range is around 260-270k. Band goes up to mid-to-high 3s.
    Jul 1, 2018 1
    • Amazon if else
      How high in 3’s for L6 SDE ?
      Jul 2, 2018
  • Amazon Boyhowdy
    All the numbers cited here area not close. If you want to know, ask a recruiter, they have to tell you.
    Jul 1, 2018 3
    • During negotiation?
      Jul 1, 2018
    • Amazon Boyhowdy
      Yes
      Jul 1, 2018
    • Amazon Jabberwook
      You are wrong. My numbers are accurate. The OPs are not.
      Jul 1, 2018
  • Microsoft Lotl
    Appreciate the effort but L6 is too low by 20-50% dependent on tech vs. non-tech role and interview performance.
    Jul 1, 2018 0
  • eBay / Eng gsiwpqheb2
    These are realistic number.. way better than some blind folks who claims salary of > 200k with just 3-4 years of exp.
    Jul 1, 2018 2
    • Amazon Boyhowdy
      They’re not accurate, realistic or not.
      Jul 1, 2018
    • eBay / Eng gsiwpqheb2
      Yeah I agree that they might not be defining the upper ranges correctly but still for a non fang person with 3-4 years of exp the starting range seems like right to me..
      Jul 1, 2018
  • Expedia datadude12
    Then what’s the true range?
    Jul 1, 2018 0
  • Amazon JustStop
    Too low. I’m an L5 non tech and my TC is 250K (if i use the stock price when i joined three yrs ago, way more if i use the stock price of today).
    Jul 1, 2018 3
    • Amazon Spoton
      250 is too high for L5. Generally the band is 175-225k
      Jul 1, 2018
    • Amazon JustStop
      Well, guess I’m the only person the overpaid then, but I highly doubt it.
      Jul 1, 2018
    • Amazon Jabberwook
      No such thing as L5 non tech compensation. Every role is different.
      Jul 1, 2018
  • Salesforce Tonefun
    No L5 tc is around 300K(Bay Area) but looking at current stock price
    Jul 1, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Product Xljp38
      OP
      200*
      Jul 1, 2018
    • Salesforce Tonefun
      Really? I heard base as 150-175 and rest is bonus and rsu
      Jul 1, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng asdzxc
    Numbers look almost dead on except L6. L6 is more of 260-330$. Lol to the idiot about L5 is 300k! L5 tc is not $300, u are full of shit! A sr L5 can make 280 and that is based on the stock price, not intended TC! You people are fucking jokes!
    Jul 1, 2018 1
    • Salesforce Tonefun
      Sorry I am talking about Bay Area not Seattle
      Jul 1, 2018
  • Apple Lionel!
    TC numbers are insanely low for L6. I know a friend who makes $480k due to stick appreciation in 4th year but Even without that he makes $300k at his intended comp
    Jul 1, 2018 0
  • Amazon Spoton
    L5 and L6 are low
    Jul 1, 2018 0
  • Amazon puti
    Hahah those numbers are so off
    Jul 1, 2018 0

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