If you want to start working for a big technology company and are looking for the best salary, Microsoft might be one of your best opportunities. In a newly published survey from Payscale.com, Microsoft reportedly offers an average of $91,500 a year for a new employee at the start of his or her career. That's second on the survey's list of tech companies and only NVIDIA was higher at $99,400.
By contrast, Google has a starting median pay of $87,500, while Intel is listed with a $80,500 salary for new employees. Apple is second to last on the list for starting median pay at just $49,100 a year.
For an employee who is in the middle of his or her career, Microsoft ranks a bit lower in the Payscale.com survey. It comes in fifth with a salary of $136,000 a year. Google is on top of this list, with a mid-career median of $158,000 a year.
But money isn't everything. What about overall job satisfaction? Payscale.com claims that Microsoft is closer to the bottom in terms of that survey result. The list states that only 68 percent of the company's employees "report feeling extremely or fairly satisfied at work." By contrast, 78 percent of Apple's employees have that same feeling, as do 80 percent of Google's team members and 88 percent of Facebook's employees.
The team members at LinkedIn must love coming to work every day. According to the survey, 100 percent of them are either extremely or fairly satisfied with working at the company.