Salary Spotlight: How much do Amazon Software Developers Earn?

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 499 profiles, the average base salary for Amazon software developers is $121,931 per year. The average market salary is $200K per year, which includes $122K base salary, $25.2K annual bonus, $37.4K signing bonus and $32.2K annual equity.

67 percent of Amazon’s software developers have a bachelor’s degree, while 37 percent have a master’s degree. 91 percent are expected to be proficient in Java; 61 percent in C++; and 47 percent in C. The average time to promotion for software developers is 2.9 years.

Amazon software developer jobs overall.

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.: Base $78K; Market $90K Google software developers: Base $104K; Market $189K Microsoft software developers: Base $140K; Market $230K

Facebook software developers: Base $135K; Market $255K

The trend for software developers follows the general compensation trends overall for the three tech companies, as you can see from the charts of base and market salaries for all tech jobs at Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google below.

Base salary comparison.

Market salary comparison.

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 base salary for an Amazon software developer 1 is $108,036 per year. The average market salary is $160K per year, which includes $108K base salary, $30K signing bonus and $21.9K annual equity.

69 percent of Amazon’s software developer 1’s have a bachelor’s degree, while 7 percent have a master’s degree. Expected skills are: Java (95 percent); Python (61 percent); SQL (51 percent), and C++ (51 percent). The average time to promotion for software developer 1’s is 2.9 years.

Amazon software developer 1 salaries.
Amazon Software Developer 2 Salaries

Based on less than 20 profiles, the average base salary for an Amazon Software Developer 2 is $126,819 per year. The average market salary is $205K per year, which includes $127K base salary, $37.6K signing bonus and $37.5K annual equity.

53 percent of Amazon software developer 2’s have a bachelor’s degree, while 20 percent have a master’s degree. They are expected to be proficient in Java (95 percent); Linux (60 percent); Distributed Systems (60 percent); and SQL (56 Percent). The average time to promotion for software developer 2’s in 2.8 years.

Amazon software developer 2 salaries.
Amazon Software Developer 3 Salaries

Based on less than 20 profiles, the average base salary for an Amazon software developer 3 is $128,684 per year. The average market salary is $216K per year, which includes $129K base salary, $39.6K signing bonus and $37.1K annual equity.

67 percent of Amazon software developer 3’s have a bachelor’s degree. Skills required include: Java (95 percent); C++ (71 percent); XML (69 percent); and Perl (69 percent). The average time to promotion for Amazon software developer 3’s is 2.9 years.

Amazon software developer 3 salaries.
Amazon Software Developer Coop Salaries

Based on less than 20 profiles, the average base salary for Amazon software developer coops is $125,814 per year. The average market salary $192K per year, which includes $126K base salary, $42.1K signing bonus and $24.3K annual equity.
75 percent have a bachelor’s degree and 75 percent have a master’s degree as well. 95 percent of Amazon software developer coops must be proficient in Java; 54 percent must know Ruby; 52 percent must know SQL; and 52 percent must know Core Java. The average time to promotion is a short 9 months.

Amazon software developer coop salaries.

Amazon Software Developer Engineer Salaries

Based on 194 profiles, the average base salary for Amazon software developer engineers is $124,972 per year. The average market salary is $203K per year, which includes $125K base salary, $24.3K annual bonus, $38K signing bonus and $33.4K annual equity.

70 percent of Amazon software developer engineers must have a bachelor’s degree, while 41 percent have a master’s degree. 83 percent need to know Java; 58 percent need to know C++; 52 percent need to know Python; and 51 percent must know Javascript. The average time to promotion is 3 years.

Amazon software developer engineer salaries.

Amazon Software Developer Test Engineer Salaries

Based on less than 20 profiles, the average base salary for Amazon software developer test engineers is $123,568 per year. The average market salary is $203K per year, which includes $124K base salary, $19K annual bonus, $37.8K signing bonus and $34.8K annual equity.

56 percent of Amazon software developer test engineers have a bachelor’s degree, while 47 percent have a master’s degree. 91 percent must know Java; 52 percent must know software development; 50 percent must know C++; and 50 percent must know C#. The average time to promotion is 2.5 years.

Amazon software developer test engineer salaries.

Amazon Software Developer Manager Salaries

Based on less than 20 profiles, the average base salary for Amazon software developer managers is $157,386 per year. The average market salary is $304K per year, which includes $157K base salary, $34.1K annual bonus, $48.6K signing bonus and $63.5K annual equity.

Amazon software developer managers are expected to be proficient in a wide range of skills. 100 percent are to be proficient in software engineering and scalability; 99 percent are proficient in Java; 98 percent are proficient in software development; 96 percent are proficient in agile methodologies; and 80 percent are proficient in distributed systems. The average time to promotion for Amazon software developer managers is 2.7 years.

Amazon software developer manager salaries.

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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Originally published at www.paysa.com on November 28, 2016.