Splunk pays its typical worker more than $256,000 – and it's not Facebook, Google or Intel

Sep 23, 2018 32 Comments

The highest-paying big Bay Area tech employer isn't a behemoth like Google, Salesforce or Intel. It's not even Facebook, although the typical worker at the Menlo Park social media giant takes home a whopping $240,430 annual salary.

It's Splunk Inc. — the fast-growing data-processing software firm that's doubling its Bay Area footprint and recently leased an entire new office building at San Jose’s Santana Row project.

The median worker at Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK) makes a $256,370 per year, according to its public company filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That's almost $16,000 more than your typical Facebook worker makes and an amazing $43,000 more than what the median Googler takes home. (Median pay means half of the company’s employees, not including the CEO, make less, and half make more.)



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TOP 32 Comments
  • Facebook 1+1=10
    Congrats! Glad the company pays its staff pretty well!

    Just checked recently how good Splunk would be from investment point of view. Was not damn impressed with the financials. Hitting a $1b+ in 13 years with an operating loss of 9-digits figure didn’t convince me to invest. Also, as per the above report, a company paying $256k median comp and bringing only average $397k revenue doesn’t sound like a great business model (for ref, FB is on track generating ~1.5m revenue / permanent headcount this year.. i.e. excluding contractors).
    Sep 23, 2018 2
    • New / IT webdye
      Has the data scandal affected that figure so far?
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Oath OPnd70
      Facebook going to slow hiring this year to a permanent head count?
      Sep 23, 2018
  • New / IT sxDz42
    This just confirms that the product is over priced. We were a customer the splunk cloud product is absolutely shit. The splunk on prem product is brilliant. But the cost of licensing is just outrageous. Wavefront, elastic search, kibana, logly - tons of competitors in the market space and with what the above mentioned financials report told me also - I'm staying away from investing, also we dropped splunk as a customer and are fine for it
    Sep 23, 2018 6
    • Google GAFAM
      Lol, it only costs a trillion dollars per exabyte.
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Splunk / Eng Hk:H
      After discount gives you 600k per year for a daily 1TB. You can hire 5 engineers and pay them 1M per year to build and maintain that pipeline using elk or whatever. You still need to rely on them to build analytics platform on top of elk to dig out values. For google facebook yes it is not a problem and I would be suprised if they use splunk as they have such good infra teams. For small companies yes it is expensive. But for many big companies not in tech sector it is a good choice. I think splunk dont want people to use it just as a log tool, and the strategy is that it is ok with customers going with cheaper log tool if they just need to dump and search for bugs.
      Sep 23, 2018
  • Oracle


    Looking at the above replies, the report seems to have touched a nerve.
    Sep 23, 2018 0
  • Google arrestable
    For company of the size of G/FB, average TC/employee tends to go down due to sheer variance in pay and size. But if you take a subset of people and make it as the same size of Splunk, I can tell you G/FB will blow past Splunk in terms of compensation. (I am only talking about mature public companies).
    Sep 23, 2018 2
    • New Neww
      This one is median
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Google arrestable
      Median will still be skewed considering the size difference.
      Sep 23, 2018
  • Google poDV10
    What are Splunk TC stats on level-by-level basis for eng ladder?
    Sep 23, 2018 5
    • Splunk petabytes
      I'm a P5 at Splunk and make nowhere near 400-500 TC.
      Sep 28, 2018
    • DHA Group Ernie27
      Petabytes can you tell me what level a Splunk Professional Service consultant (TS/ SCI) would be at? And what salary range that would fall into... (DC area)

      I'm interested in knowing the break down ... Salary, stock and bonuses
      Sep 11, 2019
  • New / Consultant

    New Consultant

    A lot of truth is said in jest , life is one. - Eminem & Me.
    It’s good music ,till it stops.
    Sep 23, 2018 1
    • Splunk / Eng

      Splunk Eng

      This. We will not be so happy when market forces fudge up the stock price
      Sep 24, 2018
  • HPE / Eng brotein
    Can I get a referral? I work on a competing product but a lot of our folks left for Splunk and it seems great, can DM you with more details.
    Sep 23, 2018 1
    • Microsoft FvKQ20
      +1 how can I get a referral in Splunk?
      Sep 23, 2018
  • Google Hun567Tr
    Always confused by this type of articles - is this TC or salary only? They use the word “salary” but I highly doubt avg salary is 250k.
    Sep 23, 2018 5
    • Splunk Hgf765532
      Total comp
      Sep 24, 2018
    • Splunk / Eng

      Splunk Eng

      Sep 24, 2018
  • Google vFuI65
    Do they include stocks in salaries?
    Sep 23, 2018 1


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