Special Report

America's Highest Paying Companies

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10. Amazon Lab126
> Median total compensation: $152,800
> Industry: Tech
> Headquarters: Sunnyvale, CA

A subsidiary of Amazon, Amazon Lab126 is a research and development offshoot responsible for some of the most popular consumer electronics in the world, including the Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, and Amazon Echo. While the median annual salary of $152,800 is among the highest of any major company, Lab126 laid off dozens of engineers in 2015 after sales of the Fire Phone failed to meet expectations.

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9. McKinsey & Company
> Median total compensation: $153,000
> Industry: Consulting
> Headquarters: New York, NY

Consulting agencies have a reputation for paying employees high salaries, and New York City-based McKinsey & Company is no different. Employing some 12,000 consultants and researchers, the nine-decade-old company has a global reach and offers consulting services across more than 30 sectors and business areas.

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8. Nvidia
> Median total compensation: $154,000
> Industry: Tech
> Headquarters: Santa Clara, CA

Since inventing the first graphics processing unit in 1999, Nvidia has been on the cutting edge of the computing industry. The typical employee at the company is paid $154,000 annually, far more than the $95,195 average for software engineers. In addition to some of the highest salaries in Silicon Valley, Nvidia offers its employees unlimited paid vacation.

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7. Facebook
> Median total compensation: $155,000
> Industry: Tech
> Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA

Launched as a social media site for Harvard students in 2004, Facebook now boasts 1.86 billion active users worldwide and employs some 17,048 people. Not only does Facebook pay its employees well, but it has also rewarded investors handsomely. The company’s share price has risen over 260% since its 2012 IPO.

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6. Google
> Median total compensation: $155,250
> Industry: Tech
> Headquarters: Mountain View, CA

Google employees report on Glassdoor a median annual compensation of $155,250, among the highest of any company. High pay is only one of many benefits to working at the tech giant. Employees at the Mountain View headquarters receive free rides to and from work on a chartered bus, are eligible for a three-month leave of unpaid time off, and receive unlimited free gourmet food and snacks throughout the day.

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