If the highest-paying companies in the US are any indication, there are no shortcuts to raking in the big bucks.
As you might expect, tech companies dominate this year’s Glassdoor list.
“Salaries are sky-high at consulting companies due to ‘barriers of entry’ in this field, which refers to employers wanting top consultants to have personal contacts, reputations, and specialized skills and knowledge,”says Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain.
“In technology, we continue to see unprecedented salaries as the war for talent is still very active, largely due to the ongoing shortage of highly-skilled workers needed,” he says.
To compile its annual list, Glassdoor identified the 25 companies with the highest median total compensation – which includes base salary and other forms of income, such as commissions, tips, and bonuses – as reported by US-based employees on the Glassdoor website over the past year.
No. 25: Broadcom, $140,000
Headquarters: Irvine, CaliforniaMedian total compensation: $140,000Median base salary: $130,000
Broadcom is a manufacturer of specialty computer chips. It was bought by Avago for $37 billion in a deal that closed in February.
“Good company, competitive pay, flexible.” – Design Engineer.
No. 24: Adobe, $140,000
Headquarters: San Jose, California Median total compensation: $140,000 Median base salary: $125,000
Adobe offers software for creative projects (photos, illustrations), as well as marketing and document management.
“Most of the people I work with are great. Very passionate about their jobs. Company culture and perks are good. Flexible schedule for the most part,” – Senior manager.
No. 23: F5 Networks, $140,200
Headquarters: Seattle Median total compensation: $140,200 Median base salary: $120,500
F5 Networks sells equipment that makes computer networks, and the applications that run on them, faster and more secure.
“Friendly culture. Great pay. Company values employees. Good work, home balance. Diligent upper management. Very good at watching the finances.” – Principal software engineer.
No. 22: Microsoft, $141,000
Headquarters: Redmond, Washington Median total compensation: $141,000 Median base salary: $125,000
Microsoft is one of the world’s largest and most powerful software and tech companies.
“Microsoft provides very compelling salary and benefits. It can be very enjoyable if you find the right team,” – Senior software development engineer.
No. 21: Salesforce, $143,750
Headquarters: San Francisco Median total compensation: $143,750 Median base salary: $120,000
Salesforce sells cloud software to companies that helps them track their customers and their marketing efforts.
“Feels like the company actually cares about your well being as an employee. The leadership empowers employees to take action and encourages them to do so. Excellent technical challenges. Great atmosphere and great people. Very good compensation and benefits.” – Current employee.
No. 20: Cloudera, $145,000
Headquarters: Palo Alto, California Median total compensation: $145,000 Median base salary: $129,500
Cloudera makes software for a popular big-data technology known as Hadoop.
“Smart non-management people who are really supportive to work with. Older (read: not fresh out of college) and more experienced staff with actual work experience. They’re generous,” – Current employee.
No. 19: LinkedIn, $145,000
- Adam Nash
Headquarters: Mountain View, California Median total compensation: $145,000 Median base salary: $120,000
LinkedIn is a social network for professionals and a job-hunting site.
“Fun happy co-workers. Incredible benefits such as Medical, ESPP, RSUs, 401k. Full of great perks such as gym, workout classes, extended learning, food … Food… And more food.” – Strategic support sales solutions employee
No. 18: Altera, $147,000
Headquarters: San Jose, California Median total compensation: $147,000 Median tase salary: $134,000
Atera is a manufacturer of specialty computer chips. It was acquired by Intel in December for $16.7 billion.
“It is above average in terms of pay. It has lucrative product lines and is financially stable.” – Senior technical marketing manager.
No. 17: Synopsys, $148,000
Headquarters:Mountain View, CaliforniaMedian total compensation: $148,000 Median base salary: $130,000
Synopsys offers software and tools for the electronics and chip-manufacturing industry.
“Benefits can’t be beaten. Company strives to improve. Continually invests in products and new sources of revenue. Proven leadership which leads to good vision.” – Salesperson.
No. 16: SAP, $148,431
- Business Insider/Julie Bort
Headquarters (US): Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaMedian total compensation: $148,431 Median base salary: $120,000
SAP is one of the world’s largest makers of software for businesses.
“Excellent benefits, global perspective and opportunities, flexibility, support for professional growth, and an overall positive place to work.” – Global director customer community strategy.
No. 15: Walmart eCommerce, $149,000
Headquarters: San Bruno, California Median total compensation: $149,000 Median base salary: $126,000
Walmart eCommerce is the tech-lab arm of Walmart, which operates the retail giant’s websites and works on other tech interests.
No. 14: Box, $150,000
Headquarters: Redwood City, CaliforniaMedian total compensation: $150,000 Median base salary: $130,000
Box offers cloud-storage services and collaboration software to businesses.
“Great facilities and perks. Good work. Exciting to see the company grow.” – Current employee.
No. 13: Twitter, $150,000
Headquarters: San Francisco, CaliforniaMedian total compensation: $150,000Median base salary: $133,000
Twitter is a social-media platform.
“Twitter is an amazing place to work with a great set of benefits, and good work life balance.” – Manager.
No. 12: Facebook, $150,000
Headquarters: Menlo Park, California Median total compensation: $150,000 Median base salary: $127,406
Facebook is the world’s largest social-networking site.
“There are a lot of smart people around, and work itself is challenging and interesting. Company values people. Perks are great. You will feel proud of your company.” – Software engineer.
No. 11: Visa, $150,000
Headquarters: Foster City, CaliforniaMedian total compensation: $150,000Median base salary: $130,000
The global financial-services corporation facilitates electronic funds transfers, mainly through its branded credit, debit, and prepaid cards.
“Visa has been a fantastic employer providing great benefits and reasonable working environment with clear goal setting and good bonus.” – Senior account manager
No. 10: Cadence Design Systems, $150,010
Headquarters: San Jose, California Median total compensation: $150,010 Median base salary: $140,000
Cadence sells software used to design electronics and other technology.
“Flexible hours, comfortable office environment, casual dress code, free coffee, great benefits, friendly co-workers and managers.” – Current employee.
No. 9: Guidewire, $150,020
Headquarters: Foster City, California Median total compensation: $150,020 Median base salary: $135,000
Guidewire sells software for the insurance industry.
“Great company culture. Decent compensation. Opportunities for personal development. Accessible upper management.” – Senior implementation architect.
No. 8: Boston Consulting Group, $150,020
Headquarters: Boston, MassachusettsMedian total compensation: $150,020Median base salary: $147,000
One of the world’s three biggest management-consulting firms, Boston Consulting Group is extremely selective about who it hires, and its alumni have gone on to lead global conglomerates like GE.
“Steep learning curve, great diversity of projects, chance to liaise with top management on the client side. Against all odds, BCG is a very humane and considerate organization. If you want to invest in your career, it’s a great place to do so.” – Consultant
No. 7: Amazon Lab126, $150,100
- Glassdoor/Amazon Lab126
Headquarters:Sunnyvale, CAMedian total compensation: $150,100 Median base salary: $138,700
Amazon Lab126 is Amazon’s R&D company that designs consumer electronic devices like the Kindle.
“Despite Amazon’s enormous size, Lab126 feels like a well-funded startup company.” – Software development manager.
No. 6: VMware, $152,133
- Business Insider/Julie Bort
Headquarters: Palo Alto, California Median total compensation: $152,133 Median base salary: $130,000
VMware makes cloud software that helps computer servers run more efficiently.
“Best in class technology and products. Everyone is treated fair and with respect. Health benefits are much better than other companies.” – Current employee.
No. 5: Google, $153,750
- Business Insider / Jillian D’Onfro
Headquarters: Mountain View, California Median total compensation: $153,750 Median base salary: $123,331
Google is the world’s largest internet-search company, maker of Android and provider of all kinds of other tech.
“Compensation. In ~ 2010 or 2011, Google updated its compensation packages so that they were more competitive.” – Program manager.
No. 4: McKinsey & Company, $155,000
- McKinsey & Company/Facebook
Headquarters: New York CityMedian total compensation: $155,000Median base salary: $135,000
Another prestigious “Big Three” management-consulting firm, McKinsey & Company has groomed successful business leaders like Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
“Great learning experience. Great culture. People are supportive and encourage risk taking. The breadth of exposure is interesting.” – Associate
No. 3: Juniper Networks, $157,000
Headquarters: Sunnyvale, California Median total compensation: $157,000 Median base salary: $135,000
Juniper Networks makes routers, switches, and security software for computer networks.
“Working with some of the best leaders. Decent compensation and benefits. Excellent corporate culture.” – Current employee.
No. 2: Strategy& (a division of PwC), $160,000
Headquarters: New York CityMedian total compensation: $160,000Median base salary: $147,000
An acquisition of audit, tax, and consulting-services firm and part of PwC, Strategy& helps global clients strategize and undertake risky business opportunities. Before its acquisition, the consulting firm had a hand in the merger of the National and American football leagues in the late 1960s.
“Great people with an emphasis on working hard but also having fun and building a strong team environment. Very high standard and quality of work. You will learn a lot and be pushed.” – Associate
No. 1: A.T. Kearney, $167,534
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois Median total compensation: $167,534 Median base salary: $143,620
The global management-consulting firm is considered one of the most difficult companies to interview with and rewards even its youngest hires with some of the most competitive pay in the consulting industry.
“Great culture. I have such great pride in A.T. Kearney! I absolutely love coming into work every day and being at this firm. I couldn’t have made a better decision. Great people that surround you here from every background you can imagine.” – Anonymous employee