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Doctors and chief executives make the highest money on average in Texas but in Austin, the money is in tech.


With a tech scene that is growing every day, some of the city's highest-paid professionals work closely with technology. Software engineers and members on technical teams can make as much as $325,000 per year when all the benefits are wrapped together, according to a study done by workplace insight network Blind.

Using self-reported data posted to its site from the first week of October, anonymous professional social network Blind compiled the top nine compensation packages offered to Austinites at the start of the month.

Wayfair: $325,085 yearly

Offered for an associate director position at the online furniture and home store, Wayfair is paying the prettiest penny for this Austinite. The company offered $170,000 in base salary, a $34,000 bonus, $121,085 worth in stock and an additional $25,000 sign-on bonus after negotiation.

In April, Wayfair announced an expansion to the capital city that would offer over 1,000 positions, including infrastructure engineers, product managers, data scientists, analysts and experience designers.

Stripe: $286,500 yearly

Stripe, a digital payment company, raised $600 million in new capital earlier this year and is one of the most valuable privately held companies in the world. Fittingly, compensation for a remote software engineer at Stripe included: $155,000 base salary, $15,500 bonus, $116,000 in stock and an additional sign-on bonus of $28,600.

Google: $273,000 yearly

Employees on Google's Cloud Platform team stand to make more than a quarter-million per year—an offer for a strategy and operations role came with $170,000 in base salary, a $34,000 bonus, and $276,000 in stock over four years—$69,000 per year. Not only that, but the first two years should total around $295,000 with incentives.

Google has about 1,100 employees in Austin and is reaching the completion of the new Google tower in downtown Austin.

Apple: $242,500 yearly

With a billion-dollar campus opening in north Austin, Apple has deep pockets. An Austin-based software developer was offered $175,000 in base salary, $270,000 in stock over four years and a $20,000 sign-on bonus.

The tech giant currently has about 7,000 employees.

Apple: $200,000 yearly

Another new Apple employee was offered $155,000 in base salary, $180,000 in stock over four years and a sign-on bonus of $30,000 for a software engineer position at "level 3."

PayPal: $200,000 yearly

A software engineer with a master's degree, seven years of work experience and a "level 25" technical staff member was offered $140,000 in base salary and $60,000 in stock to work at PayPal's office on West Parmer Lane.

VMware: $180,270 yearly

VMWare, a cloud computing company with an office in River Place Centre, offers almost $200,000 for a senior software engineer role. One recent post said the business offered $146,000 in base, a $17,520 bonus and $67,000 in stock over four years. The "level 3" candidate was also offered a $40,000 sign-on bonus.

Amazon: $158,000 yearly

At Amazon, junior software development engineers were offered $158,000 per year. The "level 4" entry-level coder was offered a $137,000 base salary, $21,000 in stock and also reported a $40,000 sign-on bonus.

Amazon: $142,000 yearly

An entry-level, newly-graduated software engineer role at Amazon closes out the list, offering a lower base salary of $120,000 and $22,000 in stock. The sign-on bonuses are the best part of this offer: a $60,000 bonus doled out over two years and a $7,000 stipend to relocate to Austin.

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