Insiders reveal how to get a high-paying corporate job at Instacart, the fast-growing grocery startup where engineers and managers make well into the six-figures

Instacart; Samantha Lee/InsiderOnline grocery startup Instacart is soaring amid the pandemic.
  • Instacart, an online grocery startup, is looking to fill about 1,000 corporate positions.
  • The startup generally pays well into the six-figure range for engineers and other roles.
  • A hiring expert revealed the best way to significantly negotiate up a salary offer from Instacart.
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Instacart is dominating online grocery in North America.

The grocery startup saw a significant boom during the pandemic, with the total number of sales through its platform, up 300% year-over-year in December 2020, the company said. Throughout the pandemic, the platform has outpaced industry leaders like Walmart Grocery and Target-owned Shipt.

Though Instacart is currently privately owned, the company is widely expected to launch an IPO this year. After a significant fundraising round of $US200 million in October, Instacart is currently valued at $US17.7 billion.

The company, which generally pays its corporate staff well into the six-figure range, said it currently employs over 2,000 employees and is looking to increase its headcount by 50% across the company over the next six months.

Insider compiled a complete guide to getting a job at Instacart, from nailing the interview to negotiating a top salary.

How to get hired


Insider spoke with Instacart’s chief HR officer and a recent engineering hire. They revealed the best way to stand out, nail the interview process, and get a job offer from the company.

The interview process can include everything from a team assessment to a question about your shopping habits. Both current Instacart employees offered best practices for preparing for success and highlighted the specific qualities the company looks for in a candidate.

Here’s everything you need to know about getting a corporate job at Instacart

What to expect in terms of salary

While Instacart is currently hiring for a variety of roles, the company told Insider that its fastest-growing teams include engineering, data and analytics, and product. Insider analysed US Office of Foreign Labour Certification’s disclosure data from 2018 to 2020 for permanent and temporary foreign workers to see how much Instacart paid employees for roles in different areas.

Here’s how much the company pays engineers and more.

How to negotiate an offer from Instacart

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The interview process doesn’t end once you get an offer from Instacart. According to, which crowdsources salary and compensation data from tech workers, there are certain techniques that can be used to get more than the initial salary offer., which offers consultations to candidates in the job interview process, said it has managed to increase the salary for Instacart candidates by about $US60,000 more per year on average.

Here were the specific techniques Dinh offered for increasing initial salary offers at Instacart

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