The average software engineer salary offer in the Emerald City was $128,268 in the second quarter of this year, up 3 percent over the prior quarter. The Bay Area offered the most competitive salaries, averaging $135,853, a 1 percent dip from the prior quarter. But when adjusted for cost of living, Seattle engineers are likely better off, said Hired CEO Mehul Patel.
"There's a ton of really strong technical talent in Seattle, and we're thrilled to have an urban campus right in the heart of the city," an Amazon spokesperson said.
With more than 25,000 employees, Amazon is one of the biggest private employers in Seattle. Fifteen percent of them live in the same ZIP code as their office. In 2014, Amazon jobs and those tied to the company's presence contributed more than $400 million in tax revenue to Washington state. Amazon estimates that the total earnings of all those employees was $5 billion.