The growing industry of food technology has opened doors for exciting new job prospects for top tech talent.
From at-home meal kits—like Blue Apron—to 24-hour delivery services that can bring a gourmet meal to your couch in less time than a Game of Thrones episode, it should come as no surprise that analysts expect the food technology industry to be worth $250 billion in the next five years. With that growth comes the demand for top tech talent to help companies innovate and remain competitive in a high-stakes industry. Two of the companies constantly competing for the best-of-the-best are GrubHub—a home delivery service for local restaurants—and InstaCart—a competitor to Amazon in the grocery delivery market.
If you’re in a high-demand tech role like a product manager, software engineer, or data scientist, chances are good you’ll hear from a recruiter at one of these companies some day. And if you do, Paysa can be your source for evaluating and comparing GrubHub and InstaCart salaries for your position.
This post looks at those three positions specifically, but let’s start by comparing overall salaries at the two companies:
*Note: salaries shown here may have updated from the time of publication.
Average GrubHub and InstaCart Salaries
In looking at the overall employee average salaries for both companies, it’s InstaCart that comes out on top with an average base salary $9,000 higher than what you could expect from GrubHub. InstaCart salaries average out to $104,000 per year according to Paysa data:
Whereas the average salary at GrubHub is just $93,000 per year:
Luckily for GrubHub, that isn’t necessarily the case when looking at individual tech jobs. In fact, for data scientists, GrubHub seems like it may be the better opportunity:
Average InstaCart and GrubHub Salaries for Data Scientists
Harvard Business Review called being a data scientist the “sexiest job of the 21st century”. It’s not hard to understand why: the rise of big data in today’s digital world gave life to the position less than ten years ago, and now it is one of the most in-demand roles in all of tech. Both InstaCart and GrubHub need quality data scientists to better understand their customers for sales and marketing purposes, but it’s GrubHub that offers the more robust compensation package. GrubHub salaries for data scientists average out to $134,000 per year, including a base salary of $110,000, an annual bonus of $9,000, and equity equal to $15,000 per year. There’s also a $13,000 signing bonus offered according to Paysa data.
InstaCart, on the other hand, does not offer a bonus or equity compensation. Nor do they have the signing bonus. Instead, InstaCart data scientist salaries are just a base of $104,000 per year.
But, if you thought this discrepancy was indicative of a larger trend for GrubHub and InstaCart salaries, you’d be mistaken. The truth is, when it comes to compensation for software engineers and product managers, InstaCart dominates GrubHub.
Average GrubHub and InstaCart Salaries for Software Engineers
Everyone knows that software engineers can earn some pretty serious money if they have the technical talent to help elevate a company over their competitors. The average salary for a software engineer is $110,000 per year, and the good news is that both GrubHub and InstaCart salaries for this position exceed that average. But, there’s a considerable gap between the two companies.
GrubHub salaries for software engineers average out around $122,000 per year, including a $113,000 base salary and $9,000 in annual equity.
It’s not a bad compensation plan by any means, but InstaCart has them considerably beaten. InstaCart software engineer salaries average out to $193,000 per year, including a base salary of $159,000 and annual equity of $33,000 per year.
If you think that gap is bad, wait until you see the discrepancy between product manager salaries at the two companies:
Average InstaCart and GrubHub Salaries for Product Managers
At GrubHub, product managers earn an average salary of $127,000 per year. That includes a base of $108,000, annual bonus of $14,000, and equity plan that pays out $5,000 per year.
But, here’s where things get crazy. Product manager salaries at InstaCart average out to $289,000 per year. That includes a base of $141,000 per year, an amazing bonus of $116,000, and $32,000 in annual equity.
Considering InstaCart has yet to go public (GrubHub started publicly trading in 2014), that equity could translate into some serious money during a future IPO.
While both companies have quite a bit to offer tech talent, jobs at InstaCart—particularly for product managers and software engineers—pay considerably more than at the competing GrubHub.
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