How Much It Pays Engineers, Sales, and More

  • Google Cloud is hiring engineers, salespeople, cloud architects, and managers across the US.
  • Insider analyzed salaries from US work-visa data to see how much Google Cloud paid.
  • Sales engineers can make over $150,000, and software engineers can make over $200,000.

In the past three years, Google Cloud has been going through massive changes to close the gap between it and its rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

Its strategy to outdo the competition includes hiring talent in engineering, sales, and more areas. Right now, there’s a fierce war for talent in Silicon Valley, with demand for cloud skills skyrocketing. That’s led Google Cloud to poach executives from companies like Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle.

Besides hiring, Google Cloud has made other internal changes that have caused ripple effects within the company. It acquired the data-analytics company Looker for $2.4 billion to go up against companies like Microsoft and Salesforce’s Tableau.

It also changed how it compensated salespeople to focus on pushing Google Cloud’s own products, rather than partner products.

But it’s experienced a wave of staff exits, too. Recently, it laid off support staff, including those at Looker, with plans to cut costs by outsourcing those roles. And at the same time, it’s seen the departure of executives like its vice president of worldwide channel sales, Carolee Gearhart, vice president of data analytics, Debanjan Saha, and Looker CEO Frank Bien.

So as Google Cloud looks to narrow the gap in the cloud wars against AWS and Microsoft, it’s paying top dollar to secure qualified talent. Insider analyzed H-1B data published by the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification to find out how much Google Cloud had been paying new hires.

While the company doesn’t typically disclose specifics of employee pay, it’s required to disclose salary offers in work-visa applications. This data is drawn from 163 approved visa applications for Google workers hired last year.

The data has some caveats. It’s for only foreign workers, sometimes includes salary ranges instead of exact figures, and lists only base pay versus total compensation, which can be higher after bonuses or stock awards. 

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Here’s how much Google Cloud paid employees hired in 2021:

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