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OpenAI's salary ranges from $190,000 in total compensation per year for a Recruiter at the low-end to $905,909 for a Software Engineer at the high-end. Levels.fyi collects anonymous and verified salaries from current and former employees of OpenAI. Last updated: 3/1/2024

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Software Engineer
L4 $560K
L5 $906K
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Vesting Schedule

25%

YR 1

25%

YR 2

25%

YR 3

25%

YR 4

Stock Type
PPU

At OpenAI, Main PPUs are subject to a 4-year vesting schedule:

  • 25% vests in the 1st-year (25.00% annually)

  • 25% vests in the 2nd-year (25.00% annually)

  • 25% vests in the 3rd-year (25.00% annually)

  • 25% vests in the 4th-year (25.00% annually)

PPU stands for Profit Participation Units. The foundation for PPUs are PIUs, which are a form of equity compensation, with heavily customizable terms, that are popular among startups backed by private equity investors.

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FAQ

The highest paying role reported at OpenAI is Software Engineer at the L5 level with a yearly total compensation of $905,909. This includes base salary as well as any potential stock compensation and bonuses.
The median yearly total compensation reported at OpenAI is $560,000.

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