Apple is known for being a challenging and demanding place to work – but working there has its rewards.
Using data from Glassdoor, we’ve compiled the highest-paying jobs at Apple, not including bonuses. In order to avoid extreme outliers, we’ve only included the Glassdoor listings that had five or more employee reviews. As such, very high-level executives like CEO Tim Cook and his executive team aren’t listed.
And just so you know: At Apple, as at many other tech companies, most job titles come with a numerical level, denoted here by a Roman numeral. Which is to say, a Software Engineer V at Apple would make more and have more responsibilities than a Software Engineer I.
Lisa Eadicicco contributed reporting to an earlier version of this post.
23. Hardware Design Engineer — ASIC microchips
A hardware design engineer creates is a specialist in drawing up designs for new devices and prototyping them. At Apple, the ASIC design engineers are the team responsible for designing the application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC), or Apple’s device-specific microchips.
22. Senior Physical Design Engineer
Physical design engineers take over after the design is laid out. A senior physical design engineer at Apple would lead the team as they plan “prototype, construct, modify and evaluate” physical mock-ups of new devices so that they fit design specifications, according to the job description found on PayScale.
21. Software Engineering Manager
Software engineering managers oversee and direct the teams responsible for building out iOS and MacOS updates and creating applications. The role requires a bachelor’s degree, according to Salary.com.
20. Procurement Manager
Procurement managers, more commonly known as purchasing managers, work in the finance or logistics department managing requests from suppliers and create purchasing strategies to keep the team within budget.
19. Senior Product Marketing Manager
Part of the reason Apple became so successful is through its clever and innovative marketing campaigns. It’s clear that the company is willing to pay top dollar for a great marketing manager that understands Apple’s products.
18. Software Development Manager
Apple employs a ton of developers to work on its various products, so its important to hire talented leaders to manage them. Senior positions in Apple’s software engineering departments usually require 10 years or more of experience.
17. Senior Finance Manager
A senior finance manager is responsible for capital-related decisions, and gathers information about assets and sales to communicates those numbers to executives. In the most basic sense, senior finance managers decide how the money will be spent, or – in a large company like Apple’s case – how their department’s portion of the money will be spent.
16. Senior Product Manager
Organizational efficiency and secrecy are important at Apple, so it needs product managers that respect those ideals. As a product manager, you’d have to create and manage product roadmaps, set milestones for your team, and communicate product initiatives to other departments across Apple, as well as stakeholders.
15. Applications Software Engineer V
Apple requires strong design and programming skills for its software engineering job candidates. The Roman numeral “V” indicates that this is a higher-level title for a more experienced engineer.
14. Senior Operations Manager
A senior operations manager is responsible for ensuring that a company is running as one cohesive team. They create processes and procedures to ensure peak company productivity (e.g. onboarding, company guidelines for best practices, monitoring budgets) that help meet efficiency goals.
13. Engineering Manager
The job description varies depending on which department they’re working in, but engineering managers at Apple are expected to lead teams efficiently, develop user interfaces, and deliver front end application code using JS and CSS, as one Apple job description says.
12. Software Engineer V
A person in this position typically writes, designs, develops, and modifies software, apps, and operating systems. This type of job usually requires between eight and 10 years of previous experience, according to a sample job description on career site Monster.
11. Industrial Designer
Industrial designers at Apple are tasked with making sure Apple’s products look and feel the way they do. Jony Ive was overseeing the company’s industrial design team before he was promoted to being Apple’s Chief Design Officer.
10. Senior Software Engineering Manager
Apple’s business model depends heavily on its the design and development of its software. In addition to Software Engineering Managers, Apple has senior software engineering managers to oversee logistics.
9. Engineering Manager II
To be an engineering manager at Apple, “You must be a highly self-motivated individual who creates a dynamic and creative team environment in which problems are solved in new and innovative ways,” according to a job listing on LinkedIn. They must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science and an understanding of system on chip (SoC) circuit design.
8. Manager III
A manager is a fairly general term, but a third-level (III) manager at Apple probably has loads of responsibility in keeping teams on track – wherever in the larger organisation those teams happen to fall.
7. Software Engineering Manager II
Software engineers are the lifeblood of any tech company, so it’s no surprise that experienced engineering managers rank towards the top in terms of compensation.
6. Senior Engineering Manager
A top-tier job like this typically requires around 10 years of experience.
5. Creative Director
At a company like Apple, where design and execution are key, a creative director plays a huge role in setting products apart from the competition. A creative director at Apple leads the communications team in all things advertising, marketing, and promotion.
4. Senior Counsel
This type of role would likely require between eight and 10 years of experience. At a big tech company like Apple, a lawyer in this role could tackle anything from real estate deals, to ethical violations, to trademark disputes.
3. Software Engineering Director
At the higher levels of engineering leadership, the salary goes up commensurately.
At Apple, a “director” is an upper-echelon manager, in any of a variety of roles across the company.
1. Senior Director
A senior director is a top leadership position, where you’ll be expected to bring loads of experience to the process of management.
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