Software Engineer

Google has 8 software engineering levels. Entry-level engineers enter Google at the first level (L3). Below we summarize Total Compensation for each level, which means it includes the base salary, bonus and stock compensation employees make per year.

Average Compensation by Level

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$179k

Total / Year

$120k

Base

$38k

Stock

$20k

Bonus

$258k

Total / Year

$150k

Base

$79k

Stock

$28k

Bonus

$343k

Total / Year

$180k

Base

$126k

Stock

$36k

Bonus

$491k

Total / Year

$210k

Base

$220k

Stock

$60k

Bonus

$708k

Total / Year

$269k

Base

$348k

Stock

$90k

Bonus

$1.35m

Total / Year

$318k

Base

$907k

Stock

$122k

Bonus

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Vesting Schedule

25%

25%

25%

25%

YR 1

YR 2

YR 3

YR 4

Stock Type

RSU

At Google, RSUs are subject to a 4-year vesting schedule: 25% vests in each year (2.08% every month).

Google commonly refers to RSU as GSU (Google Stock Unit). Although the name is different, it is the same as RSU's. Google's Vesting Schedule may vary between monthly and quarterly vesting depending on the number of shares you recieve: less than 32 GSUs (Annually), 32 - 63 GSUs (Semi-annually), 64 - 159 GSUs (Quarterly) and 160+ GSUs (Monthly).

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