The 15 Highest-Paying Companies in 2017 All Pay Over $130,000

Stacks of money -- which you'll earn while working at one of the country's highest-paying companies

You’ll earn stacks of money while working at one of the country’s highest-paying companies. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

You want — perhaps deserve — a raise. But it’s tough out there. In an economic environment in which wages have stagnated and certain industries have started to circle the drain, more and more people are looking to growth industries to find a new job. They want a job that pays significantly more than their previous one — or at least a job that will help them develop and retain skills that will prepare them for the new economy.

But finding such a job isn’t easy, and you can spend hours sifting through job listings, trying to narrow down a shortlist of companies you’d want to work for. Compensation is important, of course, but you also don’t want to get stuck working in a toxic environment. You want to work with sharp people who are doing innovative things. You want to be able to explore your interests, while also making an actual difference for your company and its clients.

And a big paycheck wouldn’t hurt, either.

Well, you can whittle your list down a little further because a new brief from Glassdoor has detailed the country’s highest-paying companies. And in terms of overall median compensation, they all pay way more than $100,000 per year.

“This report is based on each company’s median total compensation, compiled by looking at salary reports at companies in which employees have anonymously and voluntarily shared both their base pay and other forms of compensation (i.e. commissions, tips, bonuses, etc.) over the past year,” Glassdoor’s team writes.

If you want to earn some serious money, here are 15 places where you should be sending your resume.

15. Synopsys

synopsys logo

The Synopsys logo | Synopsys

Synopsys is a tech company that was originally founded in the mid-1980s. It employs a bit more than 10,000 people and is headquartered in Mountain View, California — Silicon Valley. According to Glassdoor’s report, employees at Synopsys earn a median base compensation of $130,000 and median total compensation of $148,000. If you’re in the market for a tech job, Synopsys is hiring.

14. Dimension Data

Dimension Data

Dimension Data logo | Dimension Data

As you can probably gather from its name, Dimension Data is a tech company, as well. It’s an information technology company to be more precise. But it’s not a Silicon Valley-based firm. Dimension Data is instead headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. It has employees on every continent except Antarctica, however. The median total salary for Dimension Data employees is $150,000.

13. Salesforce


Salesforce logo | Salesforce

The preceding companies aren’t quite household names. Salesforce, on the other hand, might be. Maybe it’s not on the level of Facebook or Microsoft, but it’s getting there. Salesforce is another Bay Area tech company that is showing no signs of slowing down. Its employees are paid quite well, too. The median base salary for Salesforce employees is $120,000, with total median salaries landing at $150,000.

12. LinkedIn

logo for LinkedIn

LinkedIn on a computer screen | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Millions of people are familiar with and use LinkedIn. The professional-focused social media network was recently acquired by Microsoft but was originally founded in Silicon Valley in the early 2000s. Employees at LinkedIn earn a median base salary, according to Glassdoor, of $127,000. In terms of total compensation, the median salary is $150,000.

11. Juniper Networks

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Juniper Networks logo | Juniper Networks

If a median total salary of $150,000 sounds good to you, you might want to send an application to Juniper Networks. The Sunnyvale, California-based tech company has a global presence and creates and sells networking programs and products. Interestingly enough, Juniper Networks dropped to the 11th spot this year from third in 2016, with median total salaries dropping from $157,000.

10. Amazon Lab126

Amazon products in stacks

Amazon products in stacks | Rachel Murray/Getty Images

Everyone knows Amazon is one of the most captivating business stories of the past decade, but few are familiar with Amazon’s Lab126. Essentially, Lab126 is where the mad scientists of Amazon do all of their research and development. If you are innovative and creative and a median total salary of $152,800 sounds appetizing, it might be worth it to check them out.

9. McKinsey & Company

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The McKinsey & Company logo | McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is one of those firms that has a gigantic footprint and worldwide presence, but it’s also one many people are likely unfamiliar with. The company is a management consulting firm that helps businesses in a number of ways — including becoming more efficient. It’s not easy to get a job at McKinsey, but if you do, total median salaries are pegged at $153,000.




Yet another Bay Area tech company, NVIDIA is best known for designing computer chips and processors. That type of work requires incredibly talented people, and those people require high salaries. Per Glassdoor, the median base salary at NVIDIA is $150,000, and the median total salary is $154,000. You can see what positions NVIDIA is hiring for right now on its careers page.

7. Facebook

A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is pictured in the company's Data Center

A logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is pictured in the company’s Data Center. | Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty Images

Everyone knows what Facebook is. Having grown from a Harvard dorm room into one of the most important and widespread companies in the history of the world, Facebook has little trouble attracting talent. And it pays darn well, too. The median base salary at Facebook is $130,000. The media total salary is significantly more at $155,000. See what positions Facebook is hiring for here.

6. Google

Smartphone refelecting Google logos on a laptop

Smartphone reflecting Google logos on a laptop | Leon Neal/Getty Images

There’s no need to explain who or what Google is or does, as it’s possibly the most influential and recognizable brand on the planet. Google’s pushing the envelope in many different areas and technologies, and because of that it needs talent — talent it’s willing to pay top dollar for. The median total salary at Google is $155,250, and there are jobs of all kinds to be had.

5. Cadence Design Systems

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Cadence Design Systems logo | Cadence Design Systems

The median total salary for employees of Cadence Design Systems, according to Glassdoor’s numbers, is $156,702. Not too shabby. Cadence is headquartered in San Jose, California, near many other large Silicon Valley tech firms. The company itself produces design engineering software, so if you’re in that field, it might be worth it to check out the jobs the company has open.

4. Splunk


Splunk logo | Splunk

You’d never guess, but Splunk is a tech company based in the Bay Area. It was founded in 2003 and is probably most accurately referred to as a Big Data company. It’s not a terribly large company, employing fewer than 2,000 total employees. This shouldn’t dissuade you from sending in your resume, however. The paycheck should persuade you to apply, as the median total salary at Splunk is more than $161,000.

3. VMware

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VMware logo | VMware

Another Silicon Valley-based company, VMware has been around since the late 1990s, supplying businesses with cloud and virtualization software, as well as consulting services. The company also offers a number of software platforms for commercial clients. As an employee, you can expect a total median salary of $167,050, so take a look at VMware’s job openings.

2. Strategy&

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The strategy& and PwC logos | PwC

This company operates under the PricewaterhouseCoopers umbrella and functions as an international strategy team. The company originally operated under another name that might be familiar, Booz Allen Hamilton, which was founded back in 1914. The company helps businesses develop and implement growth strategies, and it pays its employees a total median wage of $172,000. You can view the company’s career page for job openings.

 1. A.T. Kearney

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A.T. Kearney logo | A.T. Kearney

Along with tech, consulting is where the money’s at. If you work for A.T. Kearney — another global management consultant firm — you can expect a median total salary of $172,000. If consulting is your game and you want to work for a high-paying big name, A.T. Kearney has offices in more than 40 countries. If you’re looking for a new job, lots of opportunities exist at A.T. Kearney.

Check out the full Glassdoor report for more information and the rest of the top 25.

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