Snapchat is paying college grads almost $500,000 to work there

Inflection, stanford career fairMelia Robinson/Business InsiderSnapchat will pay Stanford students like these almost $US500,000 to join.

For the past two years, Snapchat has been making huge job offers to students at Stanford and other top engineering schools.

This year, it’s offering seniors and finishing graduate students salaries between $US100,000 and $US150,000 and $US300,000 in stock grants that vest over four years. That’s down from last year, when Snapchat would offer students $US400,000 in stock.

Any Stanford student who accepted one of those offers is, in all likelihood, already a millionaire on paper.

In the fall of 2013, Snapchat turned down an offer to sell to Facebook for $US3 billion. Last summer, it raised almost $US500 million at a $US10 billion valuation. This year, it raised another $US200 million at a $US15 billion valuation.

According to several people we spoke to for a story on the life of Stanford seniors in 2015, big publicly traded tech companies like Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn regularly pay new hires out of Stanford a salary of between $US100,000 and $US150,000.

Those companies will offer stock grants between $US100,000 and $US200,000. Sometimes there are signing bonuses close to $US25,000.

One of the people familiar with Snapchat’s offers says the company has to offer so much more than Google and Facebook is that it is not based in Silicon Valley, with the rest of the industry, but way down in Los Angeles. Also, Snapchat is perceived as a riskier place to work.

A Stanford graduate student who turned down an offer from Snapchat for a lighter one from Facebook confirmed that those were the two reasons he took less money.

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