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Paychecks Exposed: Google, Apple, Facebook and More

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By now you've heard that Google is giving all of its employees bonuses and raising their salariesto keep them happy.

Why would anyone who has a job in this economy be UNHAPPY to work for Google?

One word.

Facebook.

Glassdoor.com, a website where people anonymously post their salaries and rate their firms, has come out with some numbers comparing Google salaries to peers in Silicon Valley.

According to their numbers, the average software engineer at Google makes $98,800 a year. That's less than a software engineer at Apple ($99,000), Yahoo ($102,000), Cisco ($106,000), and...wait for it...Facebook ($110,500).

Software Engineer Compensation Comparision

COMPANY
AVG. BASE SALARY
BONUSES
AOL 88,801 5,233
Apple 99,127 8,175
Cisco 105,720 8,529
eBay 88,916 6,773
Facebook 110,500 11,900
Google 98,814 21,364
Hewlett-Packard 85,568 5,550
Intel 87,450 8,048
Intuit 79,765 9,339
Oracle 92,479 6,000
Yahoo 101,638 6,197
Source: Glassdoor.comBased on at least 28 salary reports; 11/10/10

When you add in average annual bonuses, that same Google software engineer currently takes home a total of $120,178.

There's only one company where a software engineer makes more when you add in bonuses: Facebook, where the total averages $122,400.

As for how Google employees rate their company, they give it a score of 3.9 on a 5-point scale.

In the entire list of large Silicon Valley tech companies rated on Glassdoor — Apple, Cisco, eBay, HP, Intel, Oracle, Yahoo, etc.— only one company has a higher score among it's employees.

Wanna guess?

Yep.

Facebook, with a rating of 4.6, which Glassdoor describes as "Very Satisfied".

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  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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