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60 percent of Apple employees say they are underpaid

60 percent of Apple employees say they are underpaid (Source: Teamblind)
60 percent of Apple employees say they are underpaid (Source: Teamblind)
In a survey conducted from July 16 through July 20, half of Google employees claim to be underpaid while nearly 14 percent of Facebook employees say they are making too much money.

Working for some of the biggest and most influential companies on the planet doesn't necessarily mean fair wages. In this case, even employees of Google, Apple, and Intel are showing resentment when it comes to their monthly paychecks.

According to an independent survey conducted by Team Blind earlier this month, half of Google employees claimed to be underpaid compared to one-third and two-thirds of Facebook and Microsoft employees, respectively. The researchers queried 5975 tech workers across 20 different tech companies with the final results shown below.

The source notes that many of these tech companies are based in Silicon Valley or the San Francisco bay area where the cost of living can be significantly higher than the rest of the country. Thus, many tech workers may be living paycheck-to-paycheck even if their salaries are nominally higher than the national average.

There are some holes in the survey worth mentioning. For example, the survey failed to acknowledge or ask its participants about their job titles. Over 60 percent of Uber employees claimed to be underpaid, but we're willing to bet that most of the respondents were Uber drivers and not engineers even from a statistical standpoint. The data may be skewed as a result.

We recommend checking out the source for a bit more detail on how the survey was performed.

Some other interesting tidbits from the survey:

  • 79.59% of Cisco employees feel underpaid, followed by Intel and Expedia.

  • Netflix has the highest percentages of employees who feel fairly compensated, with 81%.

  • Facebook has the highest percentage of employees who feel overpaid with 14%.

Company

No, I am underpaid

Yes

No, I am overpaid

Cisco

79.59%

18.37%

2.04%

Intel

79.31%

18.97%

1.72%

Expedia

76.27%

18.64%

5.08%

VMware

71.43%

26.98%

1.59%

Microsoft

67.21%

29.08%

3.70%

Oracle

65.31%

31.29%

3.40%

eBay

64.76%

32.38%

2.86%

Salesforce

64.00%

34.67%

1.33%

Veritas Software

63.55%

34.58%

1.87%

Intuit

63.38%

35.21%

1.41%

Uber

61.29%

32.97%

5.73%

Apple

61.15%

35.25%

3.60%

Lyft

56.92%

36.92%

6.15%

Amazon

53.20%

38.23%

8.57%

Airbnb

52.24%

40.30%

7.46%

Pinterest

51.72%

48.28%

0.00%

Google

50.00%

39.57%

10.43%

LinkedIn

36.19%

60.95%

2.86%

Facebook

34.57%

51.60%

13.83%

Netflix

8.96%

80.60%

10.45%

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Allen Ngo, 2018-07-24 (Update: 2018-07-25)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.