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Study: 12 Popular Tech Jobs and What They Pay

Compensation has always been a thorny subject. But with employers facing increasing pressure to target gender inequality and expand diversity, the discussion over fair pay has reached new heights – particularly in the fast-growing tech sector.

Aiming to shed light on what people across the tech world are earning, Comparably used its extensive database of anonymous employee insights to analyze compensation trends in three different ways: by gender, ethnicity, and location. The results come from the salary records of more than 30,000 workers at small, mid-size, and large public and private U.S. tech companies. The data was collected between March 2016 and August 2017.

Check out the full results and methodology below. (Note: Salaries displayed are averages unless otherwise stated.)


 

By median salary

Average Median
1 Director of Product $173,835 $170,000
2 Architect $146,674 $142,000
3 Director of Marketing $144,393 $140,000
4 Sales Engineer $141,529 $140,000
5 Lead Engineer $133,217 $130,000
6 DevOps $117,955 $116,000
7 Product Manager $115,110 $110,250
8 IT Manager $111,798 $110,000
9 Sales Manager $117,639 $102,000
10 Developer $106,497 $100,100
11 Project Manager $104,857 $100,000
12 Sales Rep $110,365 $93,000
      –Highest-paying job overall was Director of Product ($170,000 median)
      –Lowest-paying job overall was Sales Rep ($93,000 median)

 

By Gender

Women Men
Architect $140,827 $144,074
Developer $103,176 $102,360
DevOps $107,663 $115,923
Director of Marketing $137,555 $146,352
Director of Product $169,299 $177,676
IT Manager $113,029 $110,815
Lead Engineer $124,540 $134,292
Product Manager $109,133 $116,935
Project Manager $101,937 $106,046
Sales Engineer $124,898 $144,116
Sales Manager $92,422 $122,186
Sales Rep $93,000 $114,616
    –On average, men were paid more than women in every role except in the case of developers and IT managers.

 

By Ethnicity

African American Hispanic/

Latino

Asian/Pacific Islander Caucasian
Architect $116,487 $146,532 $149,062 $142,914
Developer $93,654 $98,891 $115,097 $96,850
DevOps $108,058 $111,620 $118,518 $114,342
Director of Marketing $128,160 $131,482 $165,271 $138,023
Director of Product $159,707 $160,380 $189,519 $171,864
IT Manager $100,320 $104,703 $125,746 $108,982
Lead Engineer $128,424 $131,077 $140,784 $131,443
Product Manager $116,016 $115,280 $123,868 $112,125
Project Manager $99,209 $102,013 $114,937 $103,084
Sales Engineer $134,995 $126,461 $147,025 $142,765
Sales Manager $76,318 $105,506 $121,777 $118,628
Sales Rep $82,560 $91,385 $115,487 $115,835
    –African Americans earned the lowest compensation across the board. Asian Americans earned the highest salaries across the board except in the case of sales representatives.

By Location

SAN FRANCISCO LOS ANGELES NEW YORK CITY BOSTON CHICAGO AUSTIN SEATTLE
Architect $175,247 $146,149 $151,833 $155,110 $139,729 $138,409 $149,444
Developer $125,456 $106,187 $109,852 $102,718 $89,641 $91,500 $126,870
DevOps $141,998 $127,272 $127,429 $116,191 $108,315 $115,946 $128,637
Director of Marketing $174,012 $141,231 $141,894 $138,893 $142,194 $141,499 $151,528
Director of Product $191,192 $160,822 $167,637 $167,233 $161,270 $165,643 $204,030
IT Manager $134,476 $112,546 $122,486 $107,006 $116,674 $120,171 $121,245
Lead Engineer $157,321 $136,200 $137,323 $126,520 $118,599 $130,413 $148,472
Product Manager $131,961 $112,197 $112,820 $107,019 $102,955 $99,321 $125,404
Project Manager $119,889 $105,078 $109,292 $109,437 $107,805 $96,494 $116,546
Sales Engineer $153,490 $126,066 $155,022 $143,492 $137,620 $133,726 $139,395
Sales Manager $153,075 $118,626 $139,216 $131,907 $116,646 $124,306 $116,721
Sales Rep $126,521 $105,540 $119,374 $122,235 $110,890 $110,365 $118,557
    –Workers in every role earned the highest compensation in San Francisco with a few exceptions: Seattle for developers ($126,870) and Directors of Product ($204,030), and New York City for sales engineers ($155,022).

Methodology

      –The results were compiled from the anonymous salary insights of more than 30,000 employees across the tech sector between March 2016 and August 2017. Workers of all ages, experience levels, and educations were included.
      –A tech job had to have at least 1,250 salary records on Comparably to be included on the list. Developer was the most popular job, with more than 10,800 salary records.
      –The salaries displayed are averages unless otherwise indicated.
      –Employees hail from small, mid-size, and large tech companies (VC-funded, privately-held, and public) to household brands like Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Uber, etc.

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