The 50 best-paying big companies, according to employees

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When it comes to looking around for a new job, most employees agree that compensation – how much you’ll earn – is a very important consideration.

But compensation really involves more than just the salary itself. It also involves how employees feel about their pay and if they feel it’s fair, or even generous, given the job title and responsibilities they have.

That’s why to generate this list of the 50 best-paying large companies, Comparably looked for the highest salaries that employees self-reported and also factored in the sentiment of how employees feel about their compensation (it is not ranked by salary alone.)

Comparably dug through its database of over 3 million employee ratings on 30,000 US companies to come up with this list. Comparably defines a large company as one with at least 500 employees.

To make the list, each company needed at least 25 employee reviews. All of these companies rank in the top 15% or greater in compensation sentiment, where their employees say they are most satisfied with their compensation.

Companies with employees who answered more questions were weighted more heavily than those with staffers that provided fewer answers.


No. 50: Workfront

YouTube/WorkfrontWorkfront CEO Alan Shootman

Company:Workfront

Average compensation:$US112,769

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US151,903

Headquarters:Lehi, Utah

What it does:Workfront offers cloud-based project management and collaboration software popular with IT teams.

An employee says: “Competitive salary plus quarterly bonus. It is the most generous compensation plan that I have had the chance to be apart of!”


No. 49: Symantec

Symantec/Facebook

Company:Symantec

Average compensation:$US113,365

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US185,781

Headquarters:Mountain View, California

What it does:Symantec is one of the world’s largest makers of computer security software.

An employee says: “Best company I’ve ever worked for, a corporate culture of giving & inclusion. Best part of my comp package is the wellness reimbursement”


No. 48: ZipRecruiter

ZipRecruiterZipRecruiter CEO Ian Siegel

Company:ZipRecruiter

Average compensation:$US113,745

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US183,897

Headquarters:Santa Monica, California

What it does:ZipRecruiter is an online service that helps people find jobs and companies find candidates.

An employee says:“ZipRecruiter takes care of healthcare 100%. Parental leave policy!”


No 47: Pluralsight

PluralsightPluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard

Company:Pluralsight

Average compensation:$US114,081

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US170,244

Headquarters:Farmington, Utah

What it does:Pluralsight is online education company best known for software development and IT training courses.

An employee says: “It’s fair, competitive, and there’s a great bonus structure that compensates super well for when we perform and over-perform as a company.”


No. 46: SAP

Company:SAP

Average compensation:$US115,831

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US184,287

Headquarters:Newton Square, Pennsylvania

What it does:SAP makes software for large companies and is best known for its financial applications.

An employee says: “Base and commission are equally weighted.”


No. 45: PayPal

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Company:PayPal

Average compensation:$US116,583

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US178,539

Headquarters:San Jose, California

What it does:PayPal provides online payment solutions to its users worldwide.

An employee says: “Comp packages factor in both direct compensation and stocks to keep you motivated to work for the company.”


No. 44: Netflix

Company:Netflix

Average compensation:$US117,566

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US138,889

Headquarters:Los Gatos, California

What it does:Netflix is an Internet television and movie-streaming service that has become increasingly known for its original TV shows.

An employee says:“All cash salary vs. golden hand cuffs (i.e. yearly RSUs that lock you in).”


No. 43: T-Mobile

Company:T-Mobile

Average compensation:$US117,935

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US174,186

Headquarters:Bellevue, Washington

What it does:T-Mobile is a wireless mobile telecommunications carrier.

An employee says: “Best job I have ever had, and best company I have ever worked for. I love going to work. The pay is icing on the cake!”


No. 42: Slack

Drew Angerer, Getty imagesSlack CEO Stewart Butterfield

Company:Slack

Average compensation:$US118,295

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US168,360

Headquarters:San Francisco

What it does:Slack offers a cloud-based workplace communications app.

An employee says:“Paid well, above what I used to get in a similar position.”


No. 41: SurveyMonkey

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Company:SurveyMonkey

Average compensation:$US118,414

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US172,326

Headquarters:San Mateo, California

What it does:SurveyMonkey offers a cloud-based online survey and questionnaire tool that helps users gather survey-related information.

An employee says: “Paid market rate compensation with great additional perks.”


No. 40: TripAdvisor

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Company:TripAdvisor

Average compensation:$US118,810

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US188,381

Headquarters:Needham, Massachusetts

What it does:TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site and provides trip planning and booking services.

An employee says: “So many great things, we have travel perks, gym perks, free lunch daily, etc, etc!”


No. 39: Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemandCornerstone OnDemand CEO Adam Miller

Company:Cornerstone OnDemand

Average compensation:$US119,384

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US173,858

Headquarters:Santa Monica, California

What it does:Cornerstone OnDemand provides cloud-based HR software best known for is recruitment and training software.

An employee says: “Cornerstone truly is a pay-for-performance company. I feel my hard work has been recognised and salary increased to reflect my contribution.”


No. 38: Pinterest

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Company:Pinterest

Average compensation:$US119,548

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US191,003

Headquarters:San Francisco

What it does:Pinterest is a visual bookmarking site for saving and discovering creative ideas.

An employee says: “Warm, caring, humble leadership team.”


No. 37: EMC

Microsoft/DellDell CEO Micheal Dell

Company:Dell EMC

Average compensation:$US119,573

Highest-paying department:Sales, with an average salary of $US153,298

Headquarters:Hopkinton, Massachusetts

What it does:EMC, now a owned by Dell, makes data center hardware, and is particularly known for its computer storage products.

An employee says: “Very competitive and well compensated.”


No. 36: HubSpot

YouTubeHubspot CEO Brian Halligan

Company:HubSpot

Average compensation:$US120,179

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US164,484

Headquarters:Cambridge, Massachusetts

What it does:HubSpot offers cloud-based marketing software.

An employee says:“Great pay, great benefits- HubSpot gives us everything we need to be happy while we’re working, and outside of the office too. It’s a company that strives to be the best.”


No. 35: Chegg

YouTubeChegg CEO, Dan Rosensweig

Company:Chegg

Average compensation:$US120,186

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US157,384

Headquarters:Santa Clara, California

What it does:Chegg is an online tutoring and textbook rental company.

An employee says: “Best part of my comp package is the RSU’s! It makes me feel like they really appreciate my work at Chegg and want me to stay!”


No. 34: Tyson Foods

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Company:Tyson Foods

Average compensation:$US121,113

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US149,834

Headquarters:Springdale, Arkansas

What it does:Tyson Foods is an multi-national food industry company.

An employee says: “The company has done a great job in assessing the competitive market to ensure our total benefit package is competitive.”


No. 33: Nestlé USA

Company:Nestlé USA

Average compensation:$US121,151

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US150,769

Headquarters:Arlington, Virginia

What it does:Nestlé is a nutrition, health and wellness company.

An employee says: “Great people who genuinely are invested in the company’s success.”


No. 32: Insight Global

Company:Insight Global

Average compensation:$US121,316

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US150,747

Headquarters:Atlanta, Georgia

What it does:Insight Global provides temporary contract workers and employment placement services for IT, accounting and engineering jobs.

An employee says: “Good mix of base and incentives.”


No. 31: Pegasystems

YouTubePegasystems CEO Alan Trefler

Company:Pegasystems

Average compensation:$US121,461

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US158,700

Headquarters:Cambridge, Massachusetts

What it does:PegaSystems offers customer management and marketing software to businesses.

An employee says:“Our compensation program is so comprehensive it’s impossible to pick just one!”


No. 30: GoDaddy

GoDaddy

Company:GoDaddy

Average compensation:$US121,855

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US175,763

Headquarters:Scottsdale, Arizona

What it does:GoDaddy is an internet domain registrar and web-hosting company.

An employee says: “Very good health and compensation benefits. I feel like the company strives to take care of the employees.”


No. 29: Publix Super Markets

Facebook/Publix

Company:Publix Super Markets

Average compensation:$US121,931

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US150,428

Headquarters:Lakeland, Florida

What it does:Publix Super Markets a fast-growing employee-owned supermarket chain.

An employee says:“Publix pays fairly and their stock program is amazing. Good benefits with options. Plus they match 401k!”


No. 28: Cisco

Company:Cisco

Average compensation:$US122,003

Highest-paying department:Sales, with an average salary of $US170,348

Headquarters:San Jose, California

What it does:Cisco makes computer-networking hardware, telecommunications gear, data center hardware and collaboration products.

An employee says: “Compensation is related to the results I deliver. Gives me the ability to make as much as I want.”


No. 27: HCA Holdings

YouTube/KGV StudiosHCA CEO R. Milton Johnson

Company:HCA Holdings

Average compensation:$US122,059

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US149,481

Headquarters:Nashville

What it does:HCA owns and operates hospitals and related health care entities.

An employee says:“Competitive and fair with generous benefits at HCA!”


No. 26: Petco

Petco

Company:Petco

Average compensation:$US122,146

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US150,399

Headquarters:San Diego

What it does:Petco is a specialty retailer providing products and services for pet owners.

An employee says:“Best part of my comp package is the opportunity share in the value created over time.”


No. 25: 3M

3M3M CEO Inge Thulin

Company:3M

Average compensation:$US122,182

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US150,016

Headquarters:Saint Paul, Minnesota

What it does:3M manufactures more than 55,000 products including adhesives, laminates, and more.

An employee says:“Extremely competitive salary, with additional variable pay based upon division performance.”


No. 24: General Motors

Bill Pugliano / StringerGM CEO Mary Barra

Company:General Motors

Average compensation:$US122,547

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US177,089

Headquarters:Detroit

What it does:GM manufactures and sells cars and trucks.

An employee says:“Employees share in the success of the company. Profit share bonus!”


No. 23: Capital One

Tanza Loudenback/Business Insider

Company:Capital One

Average compensation:$US122,655

Highest-paying department:Sales, with an average salary of $US142,365

Headquarters:McLean, Virginia

What it does:Capital One is a financial services company that offers credit cards and auto loans.

An employee says:“I am paid well, and incentivized appropriately with annual bonuses, but our benefits are what really knock Capital One out of the park!”


No. 22: Liberty Mutual Insurance

YouTube/Liberty MutualLiberty Mutual Insurance CEO David Long

Company:Liberty Mutual Insurance

Average compensation:$US123,593

Highest-paying department:Sales, with an average salary of $US171,283

Headquarters: Boston

What it does:Liberty Mutual Insurance is an insurance provider.

An employee says: “Comp packages increase through the years while other companies do not.”


No. 21: Costco

Scott Olson / Getty Images

Company:Costco

Average compensation:$US124,546

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US149,931

Headquarters:Springdale, Arkansas

What it does:Costco is a members-only warehouse that sells bulk grocery items as well as electronics, furniture, and appliances.

An employee says:“Compensation is related to the results I deliver. Gives me the ability to make as much as I want.”


No. 20: USAA

Sara D. Davis/AP Images for U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Company:USAA

Average compensation:$US124,632

Highest-paying department:Engineering, with an average salary of $US141,264

Headquarters:San Antonio, Texas

What it does:USAA provides financial services and insurance to the military community.

An employee says:“The annual employee bonus compensation is the best part of my comp package.”


No. 19: Geico

Geico

Company:Geico

Average compensation:$US124,888

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US150,953

Headquarters:Chevy Chase, Maryland

What it does:Geico is one of the largest auto insurers in the US.

An employee says: “Best part of my comp package is the company 401K match.”


No. 18: Nvidia

NVIDIA/YoutubeNvidia CEO Jensen Huang

Company:Nvidia

Average compensation:$US124,904

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US172,922

Headquarters:Santa Clara, California

What it does:Nvidia manufactures integrated circuits for use in motherboard chipsets, graphic processing units, and game consoles.

An employee says: “I have a great mix of salary and RSU’s. I am compensated well for my position.”


No. 17: Indeed.com

Daniel Goodman / Business Insider

Company:Indeed.com

Average compensation:$US125,198

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US171,426

Headquarters:Austin, Texas

What it does:Indeed is an employment-related meta-search engine for job listings.

An employee says: “It’s an excellent mix of base as well as bonus based on a number of different criteria you can hit as an individual and as a team! Very competitive salary / bonus + flexible PTO + food everyday.”


No. 16: Atlassian

Atlassian

Company: Atlassian

Average compensation:$US125,497

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US179,113

Headquarters:San Francisco

What it does:Atlassian offers collaboration and project management software for teams.

An employee says:“Great respect for engineering.”


No. 15: eBay

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Company:eBay

Average compensation:$US126,543

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US195,057

Headquarters:San Jose, California

What it does:Ebay is an online auction marketplace and ecommerce site.

An employee says:“The ample compensation is generous and is also motivating.”


No. 14: Bloomberg

Getty Images / Paul MorigiBloomberg CEO Michael Bloomberg

Company:Bloomberg

Average compensation:$US128,580

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US169,695

Headquarters:New York

What it does:Bloomberg provides news, data, analytics, and communication services for the global business and financial world.

An employee says:“Cash bonus is dependable.”


No. 13: Intel

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesIntel CEO Brian Krzanich

Company:Intel

Average compensation:$US128,968

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US182,974

Headquarters:Santa Clara, California

What it does:Intel is one of the world’s largest makers of computer chips.

An employee says: “Quarterly and Yearly profit sharing Bonus.”


No. 12: Expedia

Glassdoor/Exedia

Company:Expedia

Average compensation:$US129,056

Highest-paying department:Engineering, with an average salary of $US182,566

Headquarters:Bellevue, WA

What it does:Expedia is an online travel booking company for airline tickets, hotels, vacations, rental cars, and cruises.

An employee says: “Paid well and receive great benefits including 12 weeks maternity/paternity leave.”


No. 11: VMware

Company:VMware

Average compensation:$US129,456

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US193,772

Headquarters:Palo Alto, California

What it does:VMware offers enterprise IT software for making computer servers and networks run more efficiently.

An employee says: “They pay very well and continue to do so to keep us here.”


No. 10: LinkedIn

Company:LinkedIn

Average compensation:$US129,510

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US164,786

Headquarters:Mountain View, California

What it does:LinkedIn, now owned by Microsoft, is a professional networking site.

An employee says: “Great comp package. Equity is a big part of compensation.”


No. 9: Kaiser Permanente

VimeoKaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson

Company:Kaiser Permanente

Average compensation:$US130,957

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US187,508

Headquarters: Oakland, California

What it does: Kaiser Permanente is healthcare provider in the US famous for its managed healthcare.

An employee says: “I’m compensated very well for the amount of work done.”


No. 8: Adobe

Emily Hagopian PhotographyAdobe offices

Company:Adobe

Average compensation:$US132,282

Highest-paying department:Sales, with an average salary of $US188,728

Headquarters:San Jose, California

What it does:Adobe offers cloud-based software for creative and marketing professionals.

An employee says: “The employee stock purchasing program is one of the best in the industry. Adobe is growing like crazy!”


No. 7: Salesforce

SteelblueSalesforce offices

Company:Salesforce

Average compensation:$US132,896

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US176,487

Headquarters:San Francisco

What it does:Salesforce offers cloud software to businesses and is best known for its customer management and marketing software.

An employee says: “Extremely competitive! Sets the bar!”


No. 6: Facebook

Company:Facebook

Average compensation:$US138,372

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US208,209

Headquarters:Menlo Park, California

What it does: Facebook is the world’s largest social network that has been expanding into other areas like virtual reality.

An employee says:“The company’s potential continues to soar, which makes the equity more and more attractive.”


No. 5: Intuit

Brad SmithIntuit CEO Brad Smith

Company:Intuit

Average compensation:$US139,286

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US173,246

Headquarters:Mountain View, California

What it does:Intuit offers business and financial management solutions for SMBs, financial institutions, consumers and accounting professionals.

An employee says:“Quarterly and Yearly profit sharing Bonus.”


No. 4: Apple

Company:Apple

Average compensation:$US142,388

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US182,690

Headquarters:Cupertino, California

What it does:Apple makes the iPhone, iPad, Mac computers, as well as other consumer electronics devices and software.

An employee says: “The compensation package is enormous, I don’t feel like people take full advantage of everything Apple has to offer.”


No. 3: Amazon

Company:Amazon

Average compensation:$US150,977

Highest-paying department:Sales, with an average salary of $US187,621

Headquarters:Seattle

What it does:Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, which has expanded into consumer electronics and groceries, via its purchase of Whole Foods.

An employee says:“High Stress, but they compensate us for it. Thankful for Amazon!”


No. 2: Google

Company:Google

Average compensation:$US154,409

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US196,417

Headquarters:Mountain View, California

What it does: Google is the world’s largest internet search company that also makes the Android operating system, Chromebooks, email, collaboration apps and cloud computing for businesses.

An employee says: “I love working for Google! I can’t think of a better work environment with better benefits!”


No. 1: Microsoft

Company:Microsoft

Average compensation:$US159,399

Highest-paying department:Product, with an average salary of $US188,397

Headquarters:Redmond, Washington

What it does:Microsoft is one of the world’s largest software, cloud computing and consumer electronics companies.

An employee says: “Multiple methods of bonus offers great balance for high and mid-level performers to do well.”

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