Are you thinking of a career with Amazon? If so, you are not alone. According to an October 2015 Geekwire article, the tech giant employs 24,000 workers in the state of Washington alone and recently estimated that its economic impact came out to about $5 billion in Washington in 2014. Amazon employs around 222,400 people worldwide. Of that number, about 90,000 work in fulfillment centers.
Amazon’s Philosophy and Culture
From its humble beginnings in the garage of founder Jeff Bezos, Amazon has been a customer-centric company. Defining the traits Amazon looks for in a leader, customer-centricity tops the list. Their career website states: “Leaders start with the customer and work backwards. They work vigorously to earn and keep customer trust. Although leaders pay attention to competitors, they obsess over customers.”
This relentless focus on customer service is one reason that Bezos asks thousands of Amazon managers to attend two days of call-center training every year. Regarding this training, Salesforce notes: “The incentive here is for managers to immediately be placed in the mindset that Amazon’s philosophy is about listening, and most importantly, understanding the customer. It’s easy to listen to customers. However the first step of every employee must be to understand them and their needs in order to successfully better the organization.”
Amazon’s U.S. Benefits and Stock
Amazon offers a compensation package which includes:
- Choice of four medical plans
- Dental plan
- Vision plan
- 401(k) with a company match
- Life insurance
- Short- and long-term disability
- Healthcare flexible spending accounts
- Employee assistance programs, including dependent-care referral services and financial/legal services
- Vacation time and paid personal leave days
- Six company holidays
- Company stock
In addition, Amazon offers other perks, like a pet-friendly work environment, various employee discounts, a strong diversity program, and a robust professional development program.
Amazon’s Paysa Company Rank
Paysa CompanyRank is determined by the flow of talent through a company over time. Amazon currently ranks as number 9 on Paysa’s list of top 10 tech companies. As the graph below illustrates, Amazon has held its position as a top 10 tech company over the last three years.
Amazon’s company rank over the past three years
The Skinny on Amazon Salaries
What about Amazon salaries? Paysa has culled salary data for 1,041 Amazon job salaries. Here is what we found. The average base salary for Amazon is $127,358 per year, ranging from $88,596 to $169,167. Average salaries are calculated from 30,949 profiles. Average market salary is $219K.
While the average salary paints an interesting picture, what you really want to know is what the top paying jobs are with Amazon, right? Here is a list of some of Amazon’s top jobs, with a convenient salary breakdown, some educational requirements, and promotion information.
Director Software Engineering
The average market salary for Amazon Directors of Software Engineering is $359K per year, ranging from $262K to $464K. Average market salary includes $203K base salary, $38.3K annual bonus, $35.2K signing bonus and $83.7K annual equity, based on less than 20 profiles. Amazon Directors of Software Engineering need to know software design and 77 percent need to have a bachelor’s degree. Average time to promotion is 2.8 years.
Senior Principal Engineer
The average market salary for Senior Principal Engineers is $346K per year, ranging from $230K to $473K. Average market salary includes $199K base salary, $36.3K annual bonus, $36.4K signing bonus and $70.4K annual equity, based on 24 profiles. 73 percent of Amazon Senior Principal Engineers need to know distributed systems and 56 percent need to have a bachelor’s degree. Average time to promotion is 4.2 years.
The average market salary for Director Engineering is $343K per year, ranging from $210K to $489K. Average market salary includes $194K base salary, $32.4K annual bonus, $31.6K signing bonus and $83.3K annual equity, based on 23 profiles. 82 percent of Amazon Directors Engineering need to know scalability and 70 percent need to have a bachelor’s degree. Average time to promotion is 2.8 years.
Senior Software Development Manager
The average market salary for Senior Software Development Managers is $338K per year, ranging from $229K to $457K. Average market salary includes $183K base salary, $34.2K annual bonus, $34.7K signing bonus and $86.6K annual equity, based on 152 profiles. 76 percent of Senior Software Development Managers need to know distributed systems and 72 percent need to have a bachelor’s degree. Average time to promotion is 3.1 years.
Director Software Development
The average market salary for Directors Software Development is $330K per year, ranging from $251K to $413K. Average market salary includes $201K base salary, $30.8K annual bonus, $34.7K signing bonus and $63.3K annual equity, based on 45 profiles. 70 percent of Directors Software Development need to know distributed systems and 82 percent need to have a bachelor’s degree. Average time to promotion is 3 years.
Life in the C-Suite
Of course, if you are aiming for the absolute top of the list, you will need to look at the c-suite. The average market salary for Amazon’s Chief Executive Officer is $584K per year, ranging from $268K to $944K. Average market salary includes $244K base salary, $97.9K annual bonus, $31.1K signing bonus and $264K annual equity.
Not sure you can manage the CEO spot? You could aim for the CTO position instead. The average market salary for Amazon’s Chief Technology Officer is $512K per year, ranging from $257K to $800K. Average market salary includes $191K base salary, $41.4K annual bonus, $28.1K signing bonus and $261K annual equity.
Or, there is the Chief Information Security Officer, whose average market salary slips in at $383K per year, ranging from $340K to $428K. Average market salary includes $160K base salary, $31.8K annual bonus, $25K signing bonus and $167K annual equity.
Amazon’s salary ranking comes in at a respectable 50 out of the top 100 company salaries as tabulated by Paysa. And the company’s other compensation and perks may pique your interest even more. Culturally, Amazon is a good fit for customer-centric people who are passionate about innovating in the e-commerce space.
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