Google Pays Engineers Well
October 18, 2012

Google Paying Top Dollar For Software Engineers

Lee Rannals for — Your Universe Online

A new report by Glassdoor shows that Google is forking out some big bucks for software engineers in 2012.

Glassdoor said that Google is throwing down mad cash, boasting the highest average base salary for software engineers among the top technology firms.

The report, based on more than 5,000 salary reports, cited that the 2012 national average for a software engineer's base salary is $92,648. The software engineers at Google are bringing home $128,336 per year.

Glassdoor said that the software engineers at 13 of the 15 tech companies looked at enjoy an average base salary higher than the national average.

Facebook is showing its support of its employees' pocket books just behind Google, offering its software engineers a $123,626 base salary.

Apple is following right behind Mark Zuckerberg's footprints, giving its employees $114,413, which is still about $22,000 above the national average.

Not every company is paying top dollar for its software engineers though. The average base pay for software engineers at Intel and IBM are lower than the national average, with starting salaries at $92,194 and $89,390.

Even the software engineers at Hewlett-Packard are dropping below the average for their base salaries, earning $89,898 per year. However, being a senior software engineer at this company could fetch you $111,335.

Going back to Google, the average salary for a Senior Software Engineer at the Web giant is bringing in about $142,042 per year.

Bloomberg writer Sam Grobart points out that these starting salaries are going to 21- or 22-year-olds who may not have the debt piled up as high others who needed a graduate degree to get into their six-figure fields.

"But when you´re an entry-level software engineer, earning $100,000 is like hitting the lottery," Grobart said. "For starters, you´re probably 21 or 22 years old, which means you´re still basically a child–except now you have more money than you know what to do with."