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The 25 Companies With the Highest Median Salaries in the U.S.

By Daniel B. Kline – Sep 20, 2019 at 8:19AM

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According to data on Glassdoor, they pay well above the overall figure for jobs across the nation.

It takes a high level of skill and maybe some connections to land a job at one of the highest-paying companies in the United States. These are generally names you'll recognize as trendsetting and/or groundbreaking companies in their respective fields.

The median annual salary for a U.S. worker is $53,950. The companies on this list of the 25 highest-paying companies operating in the U.S. all pay median overall salaries that are multiples of that, according to a report from Glassdoor. It's important to note that these are median salaries across some very large companies. There are some big earners who skew the numbers up, but many of the companies in the top 25 pay intern salaries that approach (or surpass) that U.S. median.

"In today's labor economy, these companies are offering high salaries in order to attract top-notch candidates and stand out against the competition," Glassdoor senior economic research analyst Amanda Stansell wrote. "We expect to see these companies continuing to offer competitive salaries in the future so they can continue to appeal to prospective candidates and retain their current employees. It's critical that employers take into account other factors besides salary, like a strong company culture and trust in senior leadership, that drive employee satisfaction."

Workers cluster around a computer.

Many of the highest-paying companies are in the technology space. Image source: Getty Images.

Which are the 25 highest-paying companies?

The companies on this list generally operate in fields where top-tier workers have a lot of choices. If you're a skilled programmer, for example, you could go to work for one of the companies on this list or opt for a higher-level but lower-paying job for another player in the industry that's in a less-expensive city.

 

Employer

Median Total Salary

1

Palo Alto Networks

$170,929

2

NVIDIA

$170,068

3

Twitter

$162,852

4

Gilead Sciences

$162,210

5

Google (Alphabet)

$161,254

6

VMware

$158,063

7

LinkedIn (Microsoft)

$157,402

8

Facebook

$152,962

9

Salesforce

$150,379

10

Microsoft

$148,068

11

Juniper Networks

$146,781

12

ServiceNow

$145,529

13

McKinsey & Company

$145,367

14

PlayStation (Sony)

$143,229

15

Autodesk

$142,083

16

Workday

$141,893

17

Synopsys

$140,577

18

eBay

$140,056

18

BNP Paribas

$140,056

20

Qualcomm

$139,754

21

Tableau Software

$138,043

22

Western Digital

$137,527

23

Veritas

$137,244

24

Adobe

$135,027

25

Genentech

$133,605

Data source: Glassdoor.

As noted, PlayStation is a division of Sony, LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft, and Google is actually only part of what Alphabet owns. "Subsidiaries of companies were considered for this report if they met the methodology and have their own distinct job listings and profile on Glassdoor," according to the report's methodology section.

To compile this list, Glassdoor used total overall pay (including base salary and other forms of compensation, such as commissions, tips, and bonuses) as reported by U.S.-based employees on Glassdoor over the period of July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. A company must have at least 75 salary reports on the site to qualify.

What does this mean?

When you look for a job or when you make any decisions about your career, knowing which companies pay better than others can be useful. It's also helpful to know where the top of the market is even if you opt to work someplace else.

Being as informed as possible when you negotiate salary can help you make a better deal. It's also useful when discussing a raise even if it's not a direct comparison to your job. Your position at a small company in rural Idaho probably won't bring the salary offered by a tech giant in New York or San Francisco, but if you can relocate for that type of job, it gives you added relevance where you are.

Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Teresa Kersten, an employee of LinkedIn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Daniel B. Kline has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), Gilead Sciences, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Palo Alto Networks, Salesforce.com, Synopsys, Twitter, and Workday. The Motley Fool owns shares of Qualcomm and has the following options: short October 2019 $37 calls on eBay, long January 2021 $18 calls on eBay, long January 2021 $85 calls on Microsoft, and long January 2021 $100 calls on Salesforce.com. The Motley Fool recommends Adobe Systems, Autodesk, eBay, and VMware. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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