Tech giants Microsoft and Apple have been battling it out for years on many fronts. Which has the better operating system? Who has the coolest gadgets? Which is the better bet for long-term investors? And the list goes on.
The classic rivalry between Microsoft and Apple has extended to their respective employees, with ardent employees of both companies swearing that their company is the better choice in terms of internal culture, benefits, and so on. Today, however, the focus of the battle will be on which company offers the best salary for top tech talent. Let’s dive in.
Overall Average Salary
If you are looking for the quick answer to which company pays more, here it is. Microsoft tops Apple easily with an average salary of $177,000, compared to Apple’s salary of $170,000. These figures are based on 147,000 Microsoft profiles and 82,000 Apple profiles.
Pay According to Job Title
The general trend is that Microsoft offers more in terms of salary than Apple for most tech positions the companies have in common. However, the differences in some positions are not quite as wide as they are in others. Depending on your job description, you may find that some of Apple’s salary offerings are mostly in line with what Microsoft has to offer. Here is a look at some of the top job titles for both companies, and how their salaries stack up:
Job Title: Test Engineer
At Microsoft, the average salary for a test engineer is $141,000, based on data from 30 profiles.
64 percent of Microsoft’s test engineers have a bachelor’s degree, and 43 percent of them have to know Testing. 52 percent must be proficient in Microsoft Office.
Apple’s salary for test engineers edges out Microsoft, coming in at $180,000 per year, based on 166 profiles.
72 percent of Apple’s test engineers need a bachelor’s degree. 70 percent have to know Testing and 37 percent are expected to know C++.
Job Title: Software Engineer
Based on 61 profiles, the average salary for Microsoft software engineers is $129,000 per year.
81 percent of software engineers with Microsoft need bachelor’s degrees. 31 percent of Microsoft software engineers need to know C#, and 46 percent need to need C++.
Meanwhile, the average salary for Apple software engineers is $230,000 per year, based on data from 2K profiles.
76 percent of Apple’s software engineers need to have a bachelor’s degree, and 71 percent need to be proficient with Java.
Job Title: Project Manager
The average salary for Microsoft project managers is $157,000 per year. 67 percent of Microsoft project managers have a bachelor’s degree, and 76 percent need to know Project Management.
The average salary for Apple project manager is $206,000 per year. 74 percent of Apple project managers need to know Project Management and 71 percent need to have a bachelor’s degree.
Paysa CompanyRank Over Time
For these positions, Apple wins the salary battle with Microsoft, and it scores in another significant area, namely Paysa CompanyRank. Apple boasts a Paysa CompanyRank of number 8, while Microsoft comes in at a respectable 42. Take a look at the chart below to see how the ranking for the companies has changed over the past five years.Of course, there are considerations beyond salary that will help you to determine which company is a good fit for you. Exploring corporate culture, additional benefits offered, and so on will give you a good idea about your next career move.
The Bottom Line
When you are thinking of making that move or looking for a career in the tech industry, Paysa provides an excellent tool set to help you find the right position with the right company. In addition to comparative salary information like you have just read, Paysa offers personalized recommendations about jobs that match your skills, skills recommendations based upon your desired position, and negotiating strategies for job offers and raises. All of these resources and more are available when you sign up to personalize Paysa for you.