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How Much Does the Average Google Employee Earn? The Figure Will Surprise You

¿Cuánto gana un empleado promedio en Google? La cifra los sorprenderá

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The generalized wage hike seen in the United States in the wake of the pandemic is pushing salaries in many sectors such as technology to new highs and has meant that at a company like Alphabet (Google’s parent company) the average employee now earns nearly $300,000 annually.

According to an analysis published by The Wall Street Journal, average compensation at most large U.S. companies was above pre-pandemic levels in 2021, against a backdrop of strong job demand and high inflation.

Among nearly 450 companies surveyed, at 275, salaries improved between 2019 and 2021, with more than 150 companies where average pay rose more than 10% between 2019 and 2021.

For a few years now, U.S. listed companies have been required to report the salaries received by their average employee, including overtime and benefits such as health insurance or pension plans.

Although not all of them calculate it in the same way, the data allow a comparison of the salaries of the country’s large companies and the enormous differences that exist from one sector to another.

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Twelve of the twenty-five companies with the highest average salaries are technological or are linked to this field and include well-known names such as Meta (Facebook) or Netflix.

At the top is Alphabet, where the average employee earned about $296,000 in 2021, up 14% from 2019 and up 8% from 2020.

More than 140 S&P 500 companies pay at least $100,000 a year to that worker whose salary falls midway between his or her lowest-compensated colleague and the top earner.

On the other extreme, 41 of the companies analyzed pay their average employee less than $30,000 annually, mostly retail, supermarket or fast-food chain firms that employ many people on a part-time or hourly basis.

Among them appears the largest U.S. employer, the Walmart retail chain, despite the fact that in 2021 the compensation of its average worker improved by 21% over 2019.

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