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 95,000 Amazon job salaries. Here is what we found. The average base salary for Amazon is $119,000 per year. Average market salary is $202K.
Amazon average market salary, per Paysa data
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.
Principal Development Manager
The average market salary for Principal Development Managers at Amazon is an impressive $577K per year. Average market salary includes $157K base salary, $33K annual bonus, and $387K annual equity. Forty-three percent of Amazon Principal Development Managers hold a master’s degree.
Director of Engineering
The average market salary for Amazon Directors of Engineering is $414K per year. Average market salary includes $254K base salary, $58K annual bonus, and $101K annual equity. Seventy-one percent of Amazon Directors of Engineering hold a bachelor’s degree.
Principal Software Development Engineer
The average market salary for Amazon Principal Software Development Engineers is $414K per year. Average market salary includes $205K base salary, $36K annual bonus, and $173K annual equity. Seventy-nine percent of Amazon Principal Software Development Engineers hold a bachelor’s degree.
Principal Software Engineer
The average market salary for Principal Software Engineers at Amazon is $367K per year. Average market salary includes $140K base salary, $34K annual bonus, and $193K annual equity. Thirty-four percent of Principal Software Engineers at Amazon hold a bachelor’s degree and 34 percent have a master’s degree.
Director of Software Development
The average market salary for Directors of Software Development at Amazon is $355K per year. Average market salary includes $209K base salary, $54K annual bonus, and $92K annual equity. Forty-three percent of Directors of Software Development hold a bachelor’s degree.
Amazon’s salary ranking comes in at a respectable 19 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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