Main image of article What are the Highest-Paying Jobs at Google?

Which jobs at Google pay the most in base salary? And which offer the highest bonuses, equity, and other payouts?

For many tech professionals who aspire to work at the search-engine giant, the answers to these questions are critical. Google is at a critical moment in its history, as the rise of artificial intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning will have a substantial impact on its strategy and even its very existence. As a result, those tech pros who’ve mastered A.I., machine learning and other cutting-edge skills could find their pick of opportunities at the company—and earn significant compensation.

Business Insider recently obtained an internal spreadsheet breaking down the salaries, equity minimums, and other financial data for a variety of roles within Google, including tech professionals. According to that spreadsheet, software engineers make the most at the company, which shouldn’t come as a surprise: after all, they’re a critical part of the whole operation. (This is a more extensive breakdown than Insider’s July unearthing of a Google compensation spreadsheet, by the way.)

As you can see from the following chart, engineering managers, salespeople, UX design, research scientists, and other roles also earn substantial amounts of cash:

Of course, it’s not all about salary. At a tech giant like Google, equity and bonuses can have an outsized impact on potential compensation, especially if the company stock price keeps rising significantly over the years. For senior tech professionals and executives, the lion’s share of compensation may eventually derive from equity as opposed to base salary.

With that in mind, here are the roles at Google that pay out the highest equity. The following data represents the highest equity payouts for 2022, and as you can see, some software engineers, research scientists, and UI/UX researchers and designers stand to profit handsomely if Google’s stock remains robust:

The Business Insider story is well worth reading, as it also breaks down the company’s top bonuses, base salaries for specific jobs such as engineering, and much more.

If you’re interested in a job at Google, you’re probably aware of its vigorous hiring process, which usually starts with a phone interview and ends with highly technical interviewing rounds. In general, Google’s hiring managers have traditionally evaluated candidates according to the following qualities:

  • Leadership ability
  • Problem-solving ability (termed your ‘general cognitive ability’)
  • Knowledge related to the role
  • “Googleyness” (whether you’re a cultural fit, in other words)

For years, Google required job candidates for software engineering and other roles to perform at least some of the technical interview on the dreaded whiteboard. However, that’s supposedly given way to laptop-centric technical testing, which should come as a relief to anyone who hates whiteboarding their coding solutions. No matter what your specialty, you know the interview process could be tough—fortunately, you have Google’s A.I.-powered interviewing tool to help you prepare.