Most of us won’t ever earn a six-figure salary. Although incomes have been rising, albeit very slowly in recent years, the average American household still earns well below $100,000 per year. In fact, only about 20% of all American households hit that mark. Still, most people are able to make ends meet and get by. But it can be disheartening to see someone much younger, seemingly with little effort, start earning huge sums right out of school.
That’s not to say they don’t deserve it, of course. But if you’ve worked hard for a long time, seeing someone else take a shortcut of sorts is a kick to the ego. And perhaps unsurprisingly, there are a lot of big companies that are willing to pay top-dollar for fresh, talented college graduates. In fact, they’re willing to pay them well above six-figures as starting salaries, in addition to big bonuses.
Jesse Collins, a fresh graduate of Purdue University who will soon be heading off to work at the Seattle-based Curalate, created a monstrous data set showing salary and bonus data for college grads at hundreds of companies. Using a survey, he built a spreadsheet using the data from more than 450 graduates who reported their salaries. He tweeted the results back in December, which has since gone viral.
Using his data, we’ve spotlighted 15 big companies, many in the tech sector, which are paying new grads huge salaries and bonuses.
Amazon is actively throwing a lot of money at fresh talent. According to Collins’ data, the annual base salary for a new grad is about $104,000, with about $16,000 per year in stock. Plus, there’s an average signing bonus of $36,000.