Levels? Upcoming AWS Interview

New / Consultant elganon
Jun 7, 2019 5 Comments

I’m in the Midwest, 12 YOE.

I have an upcoming interview for Data Architect at AWS on the professional services side. I have never heard of “levels” until a friend shared Blind with me.

Is there an ELI5 version of levels? Are all titles at FANG attached to a level? Are there hard salary ranges at each level?

I’m curious if I can just ask the recruiter what level this position is at and that’s a question she’ll understand and be able to answer.

Thanks for the help!


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  • New / Consultant elganon
    Sr Data Architect is the title here. Will the recruiter know what “level” it is, if I ask? Are the levels regional or are there regional multipliers/adjustments?
    Jun 8, 2019 1
    • Facebook / Eng mturtle
      Recruiter will know the level and will tell you. Senior data architect is likely L6.

      Levels bands varies widely from country to country. They do not vary largely within a country. IE: Bay area makes a little more then Seattle, but Toronto makes alot less then Seattle.
      Jun 8, 2019
  • Facebook / Eng mturtle
    Amazon has comp ranged for each level and it is very hard to move out of them.

    For SDE:
    L5 (SDE2)is 180k-250k.
    L6 (senior, SDE3) is 280k-350k

    Requires VP approval to get more.
    Jun 7, 2019 1
    • New mPOT57
      Sde3 upper range is higher than this.
      Jul 15, 2019
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    madew more
    Levels are essentially your rung on the corporate ladder. Multiple levels can technically be associated with a title. Think “I got promoted but my title is still the same.”
    Salary wise, yes, there’s a range often called a band. Basically “if I’m a level 6 normal pay range is between $130-140k” (making that up).

    For example at Amazon an L6 can be a senior pm.

    At Microsoft a L63 and L64 are senior pm.

    Jun 7, 2019 0


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