Anatomies of Amazon PM and TPM Offers

Today I’m sharing with you two recent Amazon.com job offers: one level 6 Product Manager (PM) offer, and one level 5 Technical Program Manager (TPM) offer.

  • Job title: Product Manager
  • Level: 6
  • # of years of work experience: 5+
  • Base Salary: $150,000
  • Year 1 sign-on bonus: $55,000
  • Year 2 sign-on bonus: $45,000
  • Restricted Stock Units:  $150,000 worth of RSUs 
  • RSU vesting schedule: 5%/15%/40%/40%
  • Relocation: $15,000

Disclaimer: I have changed the data slightly to protect confidentiality but both the numbers and structure of the compensation reflect the current reality of Amazon offers.)

Amazon.com Level 6 Product Manager offer

Total Compensation:

  • Year 1: $212,500
  • Year 2: $217,500
  • Year 3: $210,000
  • Year 4: $210,000
  • Total: $850,000

Now, let’s take a look at a recent Amazon level 5 Technical Program Manager (TPM) offer:

  • Job title: Technical Program Manager (TPM)
  • Level: 5
  • # of years of work experience: 5+
  • Base Salary: $150,000
  • Year 1 sign-on bonus: $50,000
  • Year 2 sign-on bonus: $40,000
  • Restricted Stock Units:  $100,000  worth of RSUs
  • RSU vesting schedule: 5%/15%/40%/40%

Total Compensation:

  • Year 1: $205,000
  • Year 2: $205,000
  • Year 3: $190,000
  • Year 4: $190,000
  • Total: $790,000

Observations:

  • Amazon Level 6 has a very wide range. In my previous newsletter, I shared a couple level 6 offers that are in the $400K range. Those were at the higher end of Level 6 offer. For this particular Level 6 PM offer, the average annual total compensation is around $210K. It’s at the lower end, but it is a fair offer to the candidate who got significantly more than what he was getting previously. 
  • The Level 5 TPM offer is at the higher end of Level 5. Her average annual total compensation is $197,500, which is close to the lower end of Level 6. 
  • The key takeaway is that Amazon is a very flat and large organization. The compensation range within a level is very wide. And the compensation at the lower end of level 6 could be only a little bit higher than the compensation at the higher end of level 5. 
  • One common question I get from clients is if they should fight for a higher level. Here is my answer: it’s very hard to “fight” and convince Amazon to give you a higher level. In fact, most candidates should expect job title and level deflation. But, Amazon will put you in the right level for Amazon to make you a competitive based on your expected compensation, years of experience, professional and academic background. 

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