Collins told CNBC that among the 600 tech employees he contacted, 298 new graduates responded, while 290 interns followed up. As you can see, recent grads land tech roles with a base salary of six figures, and often with exorbitant bonus packages. Amazon pays new hires $103,000 a year, with an additional $16,2000 in company stock, coupled with an annual bonus yielding between $26,000--52,000. If that doesn’t sound too shabby, compare that with Snapchat employees, who got offered an average salary of $120,000 with an additional $80,000 in company stock, paired with a possible $20,000 bonus, according to the survey.
Tech Crunch notes that many of the leading tech companies, such as Facebook and Google, hire recent grads with PhDs and highly specialized skills, and also offer internships to graduate students.
For his part, Collins, who also listed his data in a Google spreadsheet, said he conducted the survey in order to increase transparency about salary negotiation in the tech world. If you ask us, it looks like he’s done a tremendous job.