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USA Software Engineer Sign Up Bonus Stats

by JC, published: 2013-08-29 21:44 viewed: 4785 times
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Here is a running list of sign-up bonuses that I heard and/or read for software engineers/programmers.

Amazon:
1) couple years of experience, $20k, 6 years experience, $30k+
2) fresh phd, 100k base + $20k signing bonus + $45k rsu, $15k sign up bonus 2nd year

Apple: senior software engineer, $140k, $20k sign up bonus

Google: usually a fresh PhD gets a level 4 software engineer position, and before pay raise, gets a base of $100k - $120k (rarely above 120k). After about two-three years, if you are doing well, you can get a promotion to senior job (level 5), and base starts at around $120k.

it is very hard to be promoted to staff engineer, and even harder to get promoted to senior staff.

Sometimes a new hire is given a MTS position and is initially assigned a pay level, but after sometime, the vast majority of those folks get downgraded.

Note:
Sign-up bonus is part of your salary income, so it is pre-tax typically. As for relocation fee, some relocation expenses could be tax deductible. Some company might be able to give a bit more on relocation assistance to offset the tax deduction.

To get to the high income level and be a programming guru, here is my recommended must-read books in algorithms and data structures to prepare for your interview: Best Books to Prepare For Algorithm Interviews
Comments (9)
1. visitor 2011-02-27 04:00
Microsoft referral bonus is $1000
2. visitor 2011-03-09 03:03
Google referral Bonus is $4000
3. visitor 2011-04-04 01:51
Amazon referral bonus is $1250
4. JC 2012-04-14 09:56
Someone told me Bloomberg has no signup bonus, but year-end bonus $10,000.
5. JC 2012-04-14 10:08
Another case:
3 years experience, New York City hedge fund company software developer offer, total $160k for first year (base + bonus). Sign up bonus $25k for relocation.
6. JC 2012-04-14 14:26
Microsoft Principle Engineer, base $170k.
7. JC 2013-03-20 12:02
Saw a google offer like this.

background: fresh Ph.D in software engineering field

base: $127,000
sign on bonus: $50,000
bonus: 15%
4 year GSU stock: 380

The guy had a counter offer from Two Sigma Investments, so Google matched their offer.
8. vishal malhotra 2013-08-28 01:31
hello
i am new in website,how should i work in this web site
9. JC 2013-08-29 21:44
@vishal,
Welcome. You can register an account first (upper right corner there is the registration link). Then, there is the English section you could take a look at.
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