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AI industry salaries revealed: How much Snowflake, Databricks, UiPath and other top AI companies pay their engineers, researchers, and staff

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Few industries are blowing up like artificial intelligence and big data. A combination of new technology and expanding adoption are sparking meteoric growth. The analyst firm PitchBook estimates spending on AI software and hardware will reach $138 billion this year, and grow at a rate of 23% in the next three years. That puts the industry at $258 billion in 2024.

All that spending fuels an equally explosive jobs market. The job search site ZipRecruiter shows 48,955 artificial intelligence engineer jobs currently listed in the US. Those jobs pay very, very well. ZipRecruiter shows annual salaries as high as $304,500 for AI engineers, with an average of $164,769. There are also AI job openings for researchers, human resources workers, and managers.

PitchBook notes that “the size of this market can support both large private companies as well as meaningful growth opportunities for large enterprises.” Insider previously listed salaries for some of those larger enterprises, including IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle. Now we turn to those large startups and younger public companies, which are providing a new employment sector with a central focus on AI.

Companies are required to disclose information such as salary ranges when they hire through the H-1B visa program. This list is not a comprehensive look at AI salaries: It only includes data for foreign workers, and only accounts for base salary, rather than bonuses, benefits, or other forms of compensation. However, it still provides rare insight into what these major companies are willing to shell out for talent. Note that for some positions, the companies involved only gave salary ranges, rather than specific figures.

Snowflake hired a software architect in California at a salary of $240,000.

Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman



The big data company Snowflake has a broad vision of an expanding “data economy,” in which the $74 billion data company plans to grow an ecosystem around the information stored in its flagship data warehousing software. The company recently introduced a data marketplace, developer platform, and program to help companies create products built on its software. That expanding product line means hiring of more tech talent, the company said at its conference this week. 

Here are some of Snowflake’s recent hires, among 23 hires from the visa program from January to March, and how much the workers get paid:

Software architect (California) – $240,000

Senior software engineer (Washington) – $180,000

Software engineer (Michigan) – $135,000

Software engineer (Texas) – $165,000

Purchasing manager (California) – $103,790

Software engineer (Wisconsin) – $155,000

Senior software engineer (Washington) – $194,254

Software engineer (Rhode Island) – $140,000

Software engineer (Pennsylvania) – $150,000

Waymo hired a product manager in California at a salary of $250,000.

Co-Chief Executive Officer Tekedra Mawakana of Waymo



Waymo, formerly known as the Google self-driving-car project, has been known for many things over the past 10 years: Toyota Priuses that can drive themselves, an adorable autonomous pod dubbed the “Firefly,” and, more recently, a ride-hailing service in Arizona with minivans that have no human hands on the wheel.

Co-CEO Tekedra Mawakana told Automotive News last year that she joined the company because of the grand mission of self-driving vehicles. “The moonshot origins created this actual sky-is-the-limit opportunity to really figure this out,” she said. That mission is also luring some well-paid tech talent to the company. 

Here are some of Waymo’s recent hires, among 71 hires through the visa program from January to March, and how much the workers get paid:

Corporate counsel (California) – $300,000

Software engineer (California) – $170,000

Research scientist (Maryland) – $180,000

Technical program manager (California) – $198,000

Systems engineer (California) – $200,000

Software engineer (Washington) – $122,000

Product manager (California) – $250,000

Business systems analyst (California) – $230,000

Senior research scientist (California) – $170,000

Hardware engineer (California) – $230,000

Software engineer (California) – $205,000

UiPath hired a product manager in Washington at a salary range of $171,226 – $195,000.

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Daniel Dines CEO of UiPath arrives at the “Tech for Good” Summit in Paris, France May 15, 2019.



The $37 billion automation firm UiPath, which is settling into a NYC headquarters after a big April IPO, has focused on automating mundane office tasks with robotic software. But CEO Daniel Dines has a vision of automating semantic AI – teaching computer programs to read and understand financial reports.

Here are some of UiPath’s recent hires, including all four hires from the visa program from January to March, and how much the workers get paid:

Senior product manager (Washington) – $185,000 – $200,000

Principal software engineer (Washington) $200,000 – $240,000

AI product manager (Washington) – $171,226 – $195,000

Director, insurance practice (Texas) – $128,606 – $170,000

Databricks hired a senior staff recruiter with a salary range of $200,000 – $250,000.

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Ali Ghodsi is the CEO of Databricks.



The $37 billion automation firm UiPath, which is settling into a NYC headquarters after a big April IPO, has focused on automating mundane office tasks with robotic software. But CEO Daniel Dines has a vision of automating semantic AI – teaching computer programs to read and understand financial reports.

Here are some of UiPath’s recent hires, among 24 hires from the visa program from January to March, and how much the workers get paid:

Senior product manager (Washington) – $185,000 – $200,000

Principal software engineer (Washington) $200,000 – $240,000

AI product manager (Washington) – $171,226 – $195,000

Director, insurance practice (Texas) – $128,606 – $170,000

Samsara hired a head of product marketing in California at a salary of $213,907.

Samsara CEO Sanjit Biswas
Samsara CEO Sanjit Biswas.



The fast-growing startup Samsara helps construction companies, utilities and other large facilities process the data from far-flung connected devices so they can analyze information, adjust operations, and act on new insights. In February, the San Francisco company announced it surpassed $300 million in run-rate subscription revenue in just five years, with more than 80% annual growth.

Here are some of Samsara’s recent hires, among 22 hires made through the visa program from January to March, and how much the workers get paid:

Senior software engineer (California) – $169,562

Finance operations admin (Georgia) – $48,610

Head of product marketing (California) – $213,907

Business systems analyst (California) – $101,338

Electrical engineer (California) – $120,994

Software engineer (Georgia) – $103,501

Consolidations accountant (Illinois) – $79,373

Strategic implementation consultant (Georgia) – $115,773

Senior quality engineer (California) – $145,246

ByteDance hired a lead data analyst in California at a salary of $265,000.

Outgoing ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming and cofounder Liang Rubo.
ByteDance CEO and cofounder Liang Rubo.



ByteDance, TikTok’s parent firm, has grown to a reported valuation of $250 billion, despite some recent turbulence including the resignation of its CEO. But President Biden has rescinded the controversial bans against the companies by the Trump administration, and the company continues to grow. The world’s most valuable startup also owns WeChat competitor Feiliao, its core product a news aggregator Toutiao, and has over 1 billion accumulated users across its platforms. 

Here are some of ByteDance’s recent hires, among 37 hires from the visa program from January to March, and how much the workers get paid: 

Product lead, ad analytics (California) – $286,000

Cost & contract analyst (Virginia) – $80,000

Business intelligence analyst (California) – $200,000

Senior researcher (Washington) – $210,000

Manager, strategic partnerships (New York) – $165,000

Software engineer (California) – $230,000

Business intelligence analyst (California) – $95,000

Lead data analyst (California) – $265,000

Cruise hired a senior engineering manager in California at a salary of $265,000 – $285,000.

GM Cruise CEO Dan Ammann
Cruise CEO Dan Ammann.



General Motors bought Cruise back in 2016 for around $1 billion, and through subsequent investment rounds, it’s grown to a nearly $30 billion valuation. The company’s goals are ambitious, with CEO Dan Ammann effectively calling for the end of personal-car ownership and spurring Cruise to go after what it sees as a multi-trillion-dollar future global ride-hailing opportunity.

Here are some of Cruise’s recent hires, among 25 hires from the visa program from January to March, and how much the workers get paid: 

Senior engineering manager (California) – $265,000 – $285,000

Engineering manager (California) – $225,900 – $245,900

Staff vehicle engineer (California) – $190,000 – $210,000

Software engineer (California) – $140,000 – $160,000

Senior software engineer (California) – $165,100 – $185,100

Systems test engineer (California) – $133,000 – $153,000

Engineering manager (California) $240,000 – $260,000

Staff Product designer (California) $200,000 – $220,000

Dataminr hired a senior software engineer in New Jersey at a salary of $166,000.

Ted Bailey, Dataminr CEO


The $4.1 billion social media analysis startup Dataminr uses an AI platform to track trends as they develop, and has customers including American Airlines, McDonalds, and Home Depot. The Intercept recently reported that Dataminr helped police monitor protests following the police killing of George Floyd.

Dataminr hired four workers through the visa system from January to March, records show. Here are those hires, and how much the workers get paid: 

Senior software engineer (New Jersey) – $166,000

Software engineer (New York) – $145,000 – $165,000

Senior software engineer (New York) – $165,000 – $200,000

Software engineer (New York) – $140,000 – $160,000

OpenAI hired a research engineer at a salary range of $250,000 – $324,000.

Sam Altman Headshot
Sam Altman.



OpenAI gained much attention when it debuted in 2015 thanks to its roster of high-profile founders and backers. Both Musk and Y Combinator former president Sam Altman, who is now OpenAI’s CEO, were founding co-chairs of the organization. Along with Musk and Altman, the organization’s founding donors included Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, and Amazon Web Services. Microsoft also invested $1 billion in OpenAI last July. 

OpenAI hired five workers through the visa system from January to March, records show. Here are those hires, and how much the workers get paid: 

Technical human resources specialist (California) – $110,000 – $140,000

Technical human resources specialist (California) – $72,446 – $105,000

Member of technical staff (California) $175,000 – $249,000

Research engineer (California) – $250,000 – $324,000

Member of policy staff (California) – $145,000 – $185,000

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