We all are familiar with the famous tech giant Amazon. Getting a job at Amazon is a dream for many engineering graduates. But do you know about the technical designations or hierarchy in Amazon?
If not, don’t worry. You are in the right place, here in this article you will know about the technical Hierarchy of Amazon and the roles, responsibilities, salary of each technical designations.
But before seeing that, here is a short introduction about Amazon organizational structure.
Introduction to Amazon Organizational Structure
Amazon.com Incorporation which is shortly called Amazon is an American Multinational tech company that focuses mainly on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and also space research. It is the world’s most valuable brand.
As of 2020 the company employed more than 1,298,000 members among them, 810,000 are from the U.S. Amazon uses the band or grade system to classify their employee’s designations. and the Technical designations are covered under the L 4 – L 10 bands.
Let’s explore them one by one as follow –
L 4 – SDE I
SDE I refers to the Junior level Software Development Engineer. They are mostly inexperienced ones or college graduates. As a junior engineer, you will learn basics, industrial practices, get experience in the domain you are hired for.
You will do simple and basic tasks that will assist the other senior engineers at first, then you will be given tasks and training according to your skill. Usually one will get a promotion after 1 or 2 years. The average salary of the SDE I is $164,365
L 5 – SDE II
SDE II is a software engineer with few years of experience, like large codebases and architectural experience. An SDE will perform various important tasks of the project or product development as per the guidance of SDE III.
There is a chance for you to get directly hired as an SDE II if you have previous experience in the related industry. The Average Annual Salary of an SDE II in Amazon is $227,244
L 6 – SDE III
The SDE III is a very experienced Software engineer. He/She will be involved in one or two major projects. You will be promoted as an SDE III after 5 -7 years of working in Amazon if you started from L 4.
SDE III is a senior-level Software engineer who has a lot of responsibilities and duties. And it is highest position one who obtains through promotion. After this skills play a major role than experience. The Average Annual Salary of the SDE III is $328,574
L 7 – Principal SDE
It is an equal rank to the Team lead or Project lead. A Principal SDE is an advanced level Engineer who will have at least 10 – 15 years of experience in the Industry. And have at least a few whitepapers published.
Becoming a Principal SDE is hard, that only 10% of the Amazon employees have become Principal SDE. The Average Annual Salary of Principal SDE is $635,067
L 8 – Senior Principal SDE
Only 1% of the Amazon technical force become Senior Principal Engineers. It is very hard to be promoted as a Senior Principal SDE, so most of the engineers choose people management or other corporate positions after the Principal SDE positions.
A Senior Principal SDE is valued equal to the Program Manager or Ground Project Manager. The Average Annual Salary of the Senior Principal SDE is
$ 770,000 or more
L 10 – Distinguished Engineer
It is very rare to become a Distinguished engineer in Amazon, only a dozen of the engineers have become Distinguished Engineers in Amazon. And to become one you should have created any famous products or instrumental things like AWS or Kindle.
In short, you should be an individual contributor to becoming a distinguished Engineer. The Average Annual Salary of a distinguished Engineer is $960,000.
There are numerous benefits for you to work in amazon like Insurance and Health and Wellness fees, Transportation allowance, Immigration Assistance, Residential Assistance. So, If you got an offer from amazon there is no reason for you to say no.
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