As if having an indoor slide and ‘chill out’ aquarium in your office weren’t enough, Googlers in Europe can expect to earn on average of £48,000 a year within five years of working at the company.
This ‘salary benchmark’ was based on data collected by Emolument.com, an online service that allows job searchers to investigate companies to find out what they pay and what qualifications they require.
However, while competitive, Google’s salary are not even the top end for what junior employees can expect to earn. Emolument.com claims LinkedIn staff make £60,000 on average, while Amazon offers £55,000, and Microsoft £51, 000. At the other end of the spectrum, Emolument.com say the old guard of the tech industry, IBM and HP, offer £35,000 and £30,000 respectively.
Emolument.com argue that companies like LinkedIn and Amazon offer more money to employees to compensate for a lack of prestige. Founder and CEO of Emolument.com, Thomas Drewry said: “As well as attracting customers, brand image plays a significant role when it comes to recruiting the kind of talent that will keep pushing technology companies forward.”
Emolument.com’s figures is crowdsourced from 46,000 anonymous users. However, though these findings give an impression of what goes on at Google headquarters, they are averages that don’t distinguish between admin staff, software engineers, business managers or marketing execs, so real wages could vary dramatically.
When we reached out to Google and the other tech firms mentioned in this article to confirm this information. Google and Microsoft have said they don’t discuss salaries. We’re still awaiting responses from Amazon, LinkedIn, IBM and HP.