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- Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook pay six figures for these eight roles, according to our analysis of federal data and job postings.
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Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook — the most valuable technology companies in the US — pay as much as six-figures for jobs that require no professional experience, according to a Business Insider analysis of federal data and job postings.
American companies have to disclose salaries when they apply for visas on behalf of current or prospective foreign workers. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification publishes the salaries every year.
Using this data, we analyzed salaries for more than 20,000 active foreign-worker visas at the country's most valuable technology companies and compared titles with job postings to find entry-level roles paying more than $100,000.
While it's not a comprehensive look because it only includes data for foreign workers, it gives rare insight into how much the companies pay. Companies generally doesn't disclose or discuss employee compensation, except for regulatory requirements to disclose pay for top executives.
We defined entry-level to mean either jobs available to new college graduates, or postings without any education requirements altogether. We included any titles in this list for which we found current, entry-level job postings.
It's worth noting some of the titles — for example "software engineer" or "program manager" – can be used to represent a wide-range of experience levels, and therefore a wide range of salaries.
Here are eight entry-level jobs paying six figures at Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook:
User experience engineer
Job candidates can land a user experience, or "UX," engineer role at Google with as little as a bachelor's degree and knowledge of programming languages, according to the minimum qualifications listed on job postings.
A Google UX engineer's job is to "work on the front end of our products and features used by people everyday," the company says.
The lowest salary Google lists for this position in federal data is $116,000. The highest salary listed is $206,000, but that's likely for an employee with more experience.
Microsoft hires support engineers with as few qualifications as technical competence and an understanding of Microsoft products, according to job postings — although US-based support engineer jobs appear to be more competitive, especially at the company's Redmond, Washington headquarters.
A support engineer's job, according to the company, is to investigate and solve customer issues.
The lowest salary Microsoft lists for support engineers is $80,800, but many are paid more than $100,000. A Microsoft support engineer in Washington makes a $132,886 salary, the highest listed for this role.
Google hires accountants with as little experience as a bachelor's degree in a related field, job postings indicate.
Accountants at Google are — no surprise — charged with tasks like preparing financial statements, tax filings, and other compliance requirements.
Google lists $106,000 as the lowest salary for an accountant in the federal data, but the role fetches salaries as high as $146,000.
The basic requirements for a Microsoft designer job are as simple as "a good understanding of human-centered design principles and the ability to apply that approach to problem solving," according to one recent job posting.
Microsoft pays designers salaries starting at $108,000, according to the federal data, with salaries reaching as high as $195,020.
Google hires product managers even before they graduate, and pays one such "associate product manager" employee in California, a $120,000 salary. Google pays product managers $114,650 at the low end of the range.
While recent product manager job postings we observed from Facebook and Amazon require professional experience, it is often an entry-level role, and Facebook lists salaries starting at $110,000 and Amazon at $87,500.
Apple and Google each list financial analysts roles without specifying a minimum years of experiences required.
Apple lists its lowest financial analyst salary as a range between $89,773 and $115,299. The company's highest listed salary for this position is $183,361, paid to an employee in California.
$100,000 was Google's minimum salary listed for this role. One financial analyst at Google makes as much as $175,000 in annual salary.
A program manager, whose job is essentially to run and coordinate projects, can be an entry-level or senior position within a company. For that reason, there's a vast range of salaries, but the role generally fetches more than six figures inside big technology companies.
Google: The lowest salary is listed as a range from $72,280 to $125,000. The highest-paid employee listed in the data for with the title "program manager" receives a $220,000 salary.
Facebook: $90,000 minimum salary, but most salaries listed for this position are more than six-figures. Facebook pays one program manager in California a $205,920 salary.
Microsoft: $95,200 minimum salary listed, but most program managers on the list make at least $100,000. The highest program manager salary Microsoft listed is $170,000.
Amazon: $73,000 minimum salary listed. The highest salary Amazon lists for an entry-level program manager — which it calls "program manager I" — is $100,000.
Apple: Apple's lowest salary listed for its equivalent program manager position called "project/program manager" is a range of between $91,395 and $125,000, the high end of which is also the highest salary listed for this title.
The title "software engineer" can describe a wide range of levels, and each technology company has a system of engineering levels denoting an employee's rank or salary. However, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon each hire software engineers right out of college, and most of the roles fetch recent salaries in excess of $100,000.
Facebook: $100,000 minimum salary listed. One Facebook employee with the title of "software engineer" in California is listed as making a salary of $1,940,667.57.
Google: Google's lowest salary for the title of "software engineer" is listed as a range $91,364 to $132,000. The highest salary listed for an employee with this position is $353,000.
Microsoft: Microsoft's lowest salary for the "software engineer title" is listed as a range between $85,842 to $153,500. Microsoft paid one software engineer in Washington a $235,787 salary, according to the data.
Apple: $140,000 minimum salary listed. The highest salary listed for this position at Apple is $195,000.
Amazon: Amazon's entry-level software engineer role is internally called "software development engineer I." Amazon lists only one salary for this position in the data: $150,500.
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