According to U.S. News and World Report, 2016 is a great year to be a software developer. Ranked as the number two best job in technology, the number two best STEM job, and the number 13 all-around best job this year, software developers enjoy above average pay, a good amount of job flexibility, and lower stress levels than many professions that pay comparably.
If you are looking at a career in software development, you are likely interested in what the top tech companies are paying. The company explored today is Amazon. First, take a look at Amazon’s overall pay averages across all software developer job titles.
Amazon Software Developer Salaries Overall
Based on 569 profiles, the average base salary for Amazon software developers is $187,000 per year, which includes $113K base salary, $20K annual bonus, and $54K annual equity.
82 percent of Amazon’s software developers have a bachelor’s degree, while four percent have a master’s degree. 96 percent are expected to be proficient in Java; 68 percent in C++; and 62 percent in C.
How does this compare with other companies? Here are the averages for other tech companies in the U.S.:
Overall software developers in U.S.: $127K
Google software developers: $239K
Microsoft software developers: $152K
Facebook software developers: $285K
The trend for software developers follows the general compensation trends overall for the three tech companies, as you can see from the chart of salaries for all tech jobs at Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google below.
Amazon Salaries by Job Title
Of course, the compensation for software developers at Amazon differs according to specific job titles. Here are some of the software developer positions at Amazon, with their corresponding salaries.
Amazon Software Developer 1 Salaries
Based on less than 20 profiles, the average salary for an Amazon software developer 1 is $165K per year, which includes $100K base salary, $18K annual bonus and $47K annual equity.
80 percent of Amazon’s software developer 1’s have a bachelor’s degree. Expected skills are: Java (97 percent); Python (56 percent); SQL (65 percent), and C++ (57 percent).
Amazon Software Developer 2 Salaries
Based on 48 profiles, the average salary for an Amazon Software Developer 2 is $204,000 per year, which includes $123K base salary, $20K annual bonus and $61K annual equity.
85 percent of Amazon software developer 2’s have a bachelor’s degree, while four percent have a master’s degree. They are expected to be proficient in Java (95 percent); Linux (56 percent); and SQL (56 Percent).
Amazon Software Developer Engineer Salaries
Based on 53 profiles, the average salary for Amazon software developer engineers is $190K per year, which includes $114K base salary, $25K annual bonus, and $51K annual equity.
83 percent of Amazon software developer engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. 88 percent need to know Java; 79 percent need to know C++; 68 percent need to know Python; and 64 percent must know algorithms.
The Bottom Line
For those who are considering a career in software development, Amazon offers a competitive salary. As is evident from the differences in skills required at each level of advancement in the company, it pays to know what skills are needed before you make any career decisions.
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