Top salary: That’s how much employees at unicorn startups like Airbnb earn

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The corona pandemic has made the economic situation tense for many companies around the world. Still, many unicorn startups seem to be doing well. These are startups valued at over a billion dollars. Despite the turbulence in recent weeks, some of them are planning to go public soon, including the on-demand delivery service DoorDash, the software provider Palantir and the booking platform Airbnb.

So you might think that a job at one of these companies pays well. But what kind of salary can you really expect? To get to the bottom of this question, evaluated the salaries of 470 jobs at twelve large unicorn startups: Airbnb, Asana, DoorDash, Epic Games, Instacart, Magic Leap, Palantir, Robinhood, Snowflake, Stripe, UiPath and Unity Technologies.

As soon as a company in the USA applies for a visa for a foreign employee, the employee must disclose the salary for the future employee. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification publishes this information every year. The data that can be extracted from it are limited. But they still give an insight into how much the most famous startups in Silicon Valley actually spend on their employees. These are only annual salaries, other forms of remuneration such as bonuses or shares are not included.

This text was translated from English by Franziska Telser. You can find the original here.

That’s how much unicorn startups are willing to pay for their employees


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