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The Highest Paying Companies of 2019

Posted by Emily Moore

Last Updated September 26, 2019
|8 min read

Salary isn’t everything when it comes to job satisfaction, but it certainly is a key component. After all, it feels great to have your compensation reflect the value you bring to the company. While most companies aim to offer salaries that are, at the very least, competitive, others go above and beyond to reward their employees. Glassdoor’s economic research team recently dug into the millions of salary data points available on our site in order to identify the Highest Paying Companies of 2019. Read on below to see which companies cracked the top 25!

The Top 25 Highest Paying Companies of 2019

1. Palo Alto Networks

Median Total Salary:  $170,929

What They Do: “Palo Alto Networks is the next-generation security company maintaining trust in the digital age by helping tens of thousands of organizations worldwide prevent cyber breaches.”

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Median Total Salary: $170,068

What They Do: “NVIDIA’s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.”

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3. Twitter

Median Total Salary: $162,852

What They Do: “Twitter serves the public conversation because conversation is a force for good in the world. The opportunity to help the world connect, debate, learn, and solve problems is what draws us to careers at Twitter, and it’s what keeps us here.”

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4. Gilead Sciences

Median Total Salary: $162,210

What They Do: “Mission: To discover, develop and commercialize innovative therapeutics in the areas of unmet medical needs that improve patient care.”

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5. Google

Median Total Salary: $161,254

What They Do: “Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

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6. VMware

Median Total Salary: $158,063

What They Do: “At VMware, we believe that software has the power to unlock new opportunities for people and our planet. We look beyond the barriers of compromise to engineer new ways to make technologies work together seamlessly. Our compute, cloud, mobility, networking and security offerings form a digital foundation that powers the apps, services and experiences that are transforming the world.”

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7. LinkedIn

Median Total Salary: $157,402

What They Do: “Our mission is simple: To connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.”

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8. Facebook

Median Total Salary: $152,962

What They Do: “Mission: Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”

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9. Salesforce

Median Total Salary: $150,379

What They Do: “Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world's #1 CRM, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way.”

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10. Microsoft

Median Total Salary: $148,068

What They Do: “Come to Microsoft to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

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11. Juniper Networks

Median Total Salary: $146,781

What They Do: “At Juniper Networks, we are leading the charge to architecting the new network. At the heart of the new network is our promise to transform the economics and experience of networking for our customers. We offer a high-performance network infrastructure built on simplicity, security, openness and scale. We are innovating in ways that empower our customers, our partners, and ultimately everyone in a connected world.”

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12. ServiceNow

Median Total Salary: $145,529

What They Do: “ServiceNow was founded on a very simple idea: that work should be easier. That getting simple stuff done shouldn’t be so hard and complex stuff should be manageable. We started with IT — creating a System of Action to streamline and automate unstructured work, eliminating the back and forth emails, phone calls and manual processes that waste time, money and sap productivity. Today, an entire enterprise — HR, customer service, security and beyond — can tap into the power of the Now Platform™ to create a better experience for employees, users and customers, and transform the way work is done.”

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13. McKinsey & Company

Median Total Salary: $145,367

What They Do: “We work with leaders across sectors to tackle some of their toughest challenges, e.g.: how to best grow a start-up, improve early education, or quickly enter a new market. We serve organizations of all sizes, ranging from small-to-midsized companies with revenues less than $5bn a year to 90 of the top 100 companies on the Forbes Global 2000 list.”

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14. PlayStation

Median Total Salary: $143,229

What They Do: “PlayStation has been at the forefront of interactive and digital entertainment since the debut of our first console in 1994. Our products delight millions across the world through incredible games, cutting edge experiences and access to many types of media.”

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15. Autodesk

Median Total Salary: $142,083

What They Do: “Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything.”

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16. Workday

Median Total Salary: $141,893

What They Do: “Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources.”

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17. Synopsys

Median Total Salary: $140,577

What They Do: “Synopsys is at the forefront of Smart, Secure Everything with the world’s most advanced tools for silicon chip design, verification, IP integration, and application security testing.”

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18. eBay

Median Total Salary: $140,056

What They Do: “eBay is where the world goes to shop, sell, and give. Every day, our professionals connect millions of buyers and sellers around the globe, empowering people and creating opportunity.”

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19. BNP Paribas

Median Total Salary: $140,056

What They Do: “BNP Paribas is a leading banking and financial services provider, with strong positions in its 2 core businesses: Retail Banking & Services and Corporate & Institutional Banking.”

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20. Qualcomm

Median Total Salary: $139,754

What They Do: “We’ve taken our know-how of 3G and 4G, and are transforming the world with 5G—and with it unprecedented mobile speeds, connectivity and intelligence.”

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21. Tableau Software

Median Total Salary: $138,043

What They Do: “Our products are transforming the way people use data to solve problems. We make analyzing data fast and easy, beautiful and useful. It’s software for anyone and everyone.”

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22. Western Digital

Median Total Salary: $137,527

What They Do: “At Western Digital, we believe in the promise of data and we’re redefining how the world keeps and leverages it. We power the technology and develop the solutions that transform the possibilities of data into reality.”

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23. Veritas

Median Total Salary: $137,244

What They Do: “Veritas Technologies empowers businesses of all sizes to discover the truth in information─their most important digital asset.”

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24. Adobe

Median Total Salary: $135,027

What They Do: “Adobe is the global leader in digital media and digital marketing solutions. Our creative, marketing and document solutions empower everyone – from emerging artists to global brands – to bring digital creations to life and deliver immersive, compelling experiences to the right person at the right moment for the best results.”

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25. Genentech

Median Total Salary: $133,605

What They Do: “A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases.”

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Methodology: Glassdoor’s 25 Highest Paying Companies in America report identifies companies with the highest median total compensation package (including base salary and other forms of compensation, such as commissions, tips, bonuses, etc.), as reported by U.S.-based employees on Glassdoor over the past year (7/01/18 – 6/30/19). Companies considered for this report must have received at least 75 salary reports in U.S. dollars by U.S-based employees during this timeframe. When sharing a salary report on Glassdoor, employees share base salary and have the option to include other forms of compensation. In cases where companies have the same median total compensation, the company with the higher median base compensation receives the higher rank. Subsidiaries of companies were considered for this report if they met the methodology and have their own distinct job listings and profile on Glassdoor. 

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