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Here's the typical pay for a Big Tech worker in Austin

Google and Meta top list of compensation for Big Tech workers. (Pexels)

While tech workers might be lured to Austin with its abundance of great food, live music and entertainment, it doesn’t hurt that companies are often offering handsome pay packages as they compete for talent.

Big Tech, in particular, is driving record levels of job creation and population growth in Austin, so how high of salaries are these workers raking in? A March study found Austin is the best paying city in Texas for software engineers, with an average salary at $128,524. But aside from that role, these companies also have workers at warehouses and retail shops. Disclosures from the Securities and Exchange Commission give a peek at what the typical worker at these companies earned in the past fiscal year:


The average Google worker makes around the highest out of all Big Tech. In 2021, the median worker compensation was $295,884. The company, which first came to Austin in 2007, has more than 1,500 workers in Central Texas and will soon move into its downtown sailboat-like tower.


Just below Google, the median worker compensation at Facebook turned Meta last year was $292,785. With plans to take over what could eventually be Austin’s tallest tower, the company had around 2,000 Austin employees last summer and plans on adding 400 more. Outside of Austin, the company is growing its Central Texas presence with an $800 million data center in Temple that will start construction this spring.



Last year’s median worker compensation at Apple sat at $68,254. Those part of the AppleToo movement, which includes some based in Austin has pushed for pay equity and career advancement opportunities. Its massive northwest Austin campus is set to initially bring in 5,000 employees in a variety of roles like operations, finance and engineering. Bringing down the median income compared to Meta or Google is the abundance of Apple retail stores; there are two Apple retail stores in Austin.


Median worker compensation for Amazon workers is less than half of Apple’s at $32,855. At the start of the month, warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York voted to unionize and are now hoping to unionize Amazon workplaces across the country. Job security, better working conditions and union pay are among the priorities for the movement. In Austin, the company already has 3,000 Austin employees and will tack on more than 2,000 corporate and tech jobs in the coming years with its latest expansion at the Domain.


The median compensation for a Tesla worker in 2021 is unclear. The disclosures list this information with executive compensation, which is required to show the ratio that CEOs make compared to other employees. Tesla has said it will be included in the 2022 proxy statement, which will be filed within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year. In 2020, it was $46,150, down from the year prior when it was $58,455. Indeed shows a range of average salaries at Tesla for this year, including $135,602 for a software engineer to $20.23 an hour for a production associate.


Comedy, live music, McConaughey Q&A: Events in Austin this weekend

💈 Finley’s Pop-up Barbershop

Experience luxury grooming the old-fashioned way at a revival of the Driskill Hotel’s early 1900s barbershop put on by Austin-based Finley’s. The pop-up will offer men’s haircuts, beard trims, hot towels, neck massages and straight razor shaves. Click here to book an appointment.

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday | The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St.

😂 Moontower Comedy Presents Hannah Gadsby

Catch veteran Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby touring with her newest show, “Body of Work,” written while she pondered the effects of the pandemic. Tickets are still available in the orchestra section, starting at $60.

Doors at 6 p.m. Friday | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

🎤 Rex Orange County Who Cares? Tour

Alexander James O'Connor, AKA Rex Orange County, is returning to Austin to perform his newest album, “Who Cares?” Tickets are still available starting at $49 each.

Doors at 7:30 p.m. Friday | Germania Insurance Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd.

⚾️ Round Rock Express vs. El Paso Chihuahuas

Catch our local Minor League team play against the El Paso Chihuahuas at home this week. Tickets start at $22.

Starting 7:05 p.m. Friday | Dell Diamond, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd.

🎶 Bleachers—The 2022 Tour

Enjoy a night of indie-pop from Grammy-winning producer Jack Antonoff, whose stage name is Bleachers, from the intimacy of Stubb’s. Tickets are still available starting at $33.

Starting 7:05 p.m. Saturday | Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River St.

🎸 The Peterson Brothers with Latasha Lee

Catch the groovy, Bastrop-born brothers are taking their rightful place on stage with soulstress Latasha Lee at Antone’s. Arrive early, seating fills up quickly! The show is 21+ and tickets start at $15.

Doors at 7 p.m. Saturday | Antone's Nightclub, 305 E 5th St.

🤠 Emmanuel Acho and Matthew McConaughey Q&A

Famous former Longhorns Emmanuel Acho and Matthew McConaughey are joining forces for a Q&A about catching greenlights and living a limitless life. Each ticket will get the holder a copy of Acho’s new book, “Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits.” Tickets are $39 per person.

1:15 p.m. Sunday | LBJ Auditorium, 2313 Red River St.

⚽️ Austin FC vs. Orlando City

Austin FC is facing off against Orlando City at the biggest party in Austin, Q2 Stadium. Tickets are still available starting at $65 but ticketless Verde fans can still support at one of the many Pub Clubs.

7 p.m. Sunday | Q2 Stadium, 10414 Mc Kalla Pl.

Austin FC wins big! Team makes history, takes No. 1 spot in 2-1 LAFC win

Over a year after its first loss, Austin FC was all smiles as it beat LAFC to take home the top MLS West spot Wednesday. (Austin FC/Twitter)

Over a year after they took the stage for the first time in Los Angeles, Austin FC returned to Banc of America Stadium to snatch the No. 1 spot from LAFC in a 2-1 statement win late Wednesday night.

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