Salary for an L5 in India

Jun 22, 2019 30 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I am currently working in the US. Decided to move back to India and received a verbal offer from Amazon. They told me they will get back with the numbers next week. I have no clue on the salary structure in India for Amazon.

Highest Degree- MS
YOE- 11
Current Role- Principal Engineer
Offered Position- SDE 2

How much should I negotiate for?

Current TC at a different company- $148k

Thank you


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  • Goldman Sachs 200W
    On a side note, why are you moving back to India?
    Jun 22, 2019 8
    • Rackspace / IT

      Rackspace IT

      Usually 1/3 salary in india. Expect about 80k
      Jun 22, 2019
    • Amazon LayZ
      Why bring your political biases into this? India has dropped from 95th place in 2011 to 78th place in 2018 on corruption index, was among the top 10 most improved economies in Doing Business 2019 report, and is consistently ranked among top-10 nations GDP-wise.
      Jun 23, 2019
  • Dude
    I tried moving back but had to drop the temptation.

    Few points:

    1. Principal Engineer in US to SDE-2 IN India would be a huge shocker.

    2. Being a PE in any company would bring in authority but SDE-2 In India would be all about slogging for hours and politics

    Now to your questions:
    1. Expect base of around 26L
    Bonus of 12L and 8L for 1st 2 years with total TC of around 42-45L

    2. Forget about being promoted to L6 for at least 2-3 years

    My suggestion:
    1. Join as SDE-2 Here and then move after an year. You will get to keep bonus and RSU after your move.

    2. If you perform exceptionally well, get to L6 Before moving..
    Jun 22, 2019 8
    • Amazon mr3r6
      If you can wait a year to move back to India then follow this. You would keep your US stock grant when you move so you would get a decent salary for first 4 years. Hopefully you will get promoted to L6 before your initial grant expires. If you decide to join in US, check if team or org has presence in India. Transition would be easy, in that case.
      Jun 22, 2019
    • Amazon tequila_
      These days people at 3 yoe are getting 26-28 base for sde2. Considering you are close to sde3 depending on interview you should get much higher.
      Yes promotion in 2 years is possible if you are in right team and work on high impact projects.
      Jun 23, 2019
  • Amazon vain
    You can get the stocks in use and then move. That way you have 110 stocks in india.
    Jun 24, 2019 3
    • Amazon vain
      I mean the stock the plan that was granted initially remains the same if you move to india after some time.
      Jun 24, 2019
    • Commvault cvlt&&@
      If they say 110 stocks how much units do I get after taxes ? Is it flat 30% tax or more than that ?

      I am not talking about the capital gains tax here. When they vest, do they vest all 110 and then you pay taxes for the profits you make or they withold some for taxes initially at the time of vesting.
      Jun 24, 2019
  • Commvault cvlt&&@
    Yes, the numbers were a bit disappointing.

    If I decide to stay back and work in Seattle I get $150K base, 110 Stocks Units and $130K sign on for 2 yrs. Stock vesting period is 5, 15, 40 and 40 which I think is always the case for anyone.

    If I decide to move to India right away, I get 32 Lakhs base, 14 + 8 sign on and 35 stocks. So first year I make more and then it gradually decreases. I personally find it a bad deal compared to a friend of mine who moved from SFO Indeed’s office to Hyderabad office. He is making 58 lakhs. Another one to Atlassian makes 50 lakhs. For them I am just talking about base + yearly bonus. They have stocks which are not clearly defined.

    I did not ask for numbers if I stay for a year and then move. So I need some insights here before I can talk about it. Some say I get to retain the sign on of the second year and Stocks if I move back after a year. So assuming a modest base after relocation, lets say 28-30 lakhs, my total compensation shoots to 65-70 lakhs for year 2 which is a lot. I am really doubtful about them allowing me to keep my second year sign on(which is $55K).

    Any info here is appreciated
    Jun 24, 2019 2
    • Amazon vain
      Not sure about the sign on. But heard the stock remains when you move.
      Jun 24, 2019
    • Amazon QYFO56
      Yeah you get to keep your stocks. Happened with my friend who moved
      Jun 25, 2019
  • @Commvault:: Dude, it's not all about money!
    Amazon is an amazing company with lots of interesting work!

    Federal and State Taxes aren't unique to Amazon.
    Jun 24, 2019 0
  • Amazon vain
    I don't have more info on it. But they are subjected to Indian tax system on vesting if you are in India.
    Jun 24, 2019 0
  • Amazon vain
    Op any updates on the numbers?
    Jun 24, 2019 0
  • Amazon iHoH47
    Is $140k TC in US or for India?
    AFAIK base pay can range between 20- 30 lakhs.
    TC can vary between 35 - 55 LAKHS
    Jun 22, 2019 0
  • Amazon god
    Jun 22, 2019 0


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