Apple Is Hiring — But How Much Do These Jobs Actually Pay?

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  • Apple is expanding its Austin, Texas location.
  • The upgrade will bring in 5,000 new jobs and can possibly grow to as many as 15,000 employees.
  • Some of the top jobs at Apple pay over $300,000 a year.

Apple announced it is upgrading and expanding its current Austin, Texas, digs on Thursday, Dec. 13. The new $1 billion campus brings with it the promise of 5,000 new jobs with the potential to eventually employ as many as 15,000 employees and cements Austin’s distinction as the tech hub of the South. At 6,200 employees, the Austin campus is already the largest population of Apple employees outside of the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

Over the next three years, Apple intends to create at least 3,000 more jobs across three new U.S.-based sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, Calif. The tech empire will also create hundreds of new jobs in Pittsburgh; New York; Boston; Boulder, Colo.; and Portland, Ore.

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As the company enters a 20,000 job hiring spree over the next five years, GOBankingRates investigated some of the top-paying roles at Apple using anonymous annual salary data from Glassdoor. As one of the world’s most innovative companies, it’s no surprise the bulk of Apple’s employees are engineers who are taking home some pretty large paychecks.

The 20 Highest-Paid Jobs at Apple

1. Senior Director: $323,000

A senior director is typically someone who works just under a vice president. Apple has several areas of business, all of which must employ senior directors to keep everything on track. This is one of the highest-paying jobs someone can land at the company.

2. Software Engineering Director: $308,000

The software engineering director at a company like Apple would probably be in charge of the technical, administrative and strategic direction of the product engineering group. This person likely oversees complex software development projects and typically reports to the vice president of software engineering.

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3. Senior Legal Counsel: $265,000-$289,000

Senior counsel usually advises the company on legal matters like licensing issues, intellectual property and contracts law. These in-house legal experts must not only have experience with those issues, but they must also be familiar with the technical aspects of software development and programming.

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4. Senior Engineering Manager: $234,000

Software companies hire senior engineering managers to lead and manage teams of skilled software engineers. A senior engineering manager’s job includes planning, development and maintenance to meet product delivery deadlines.

5. Software Engineer V: $205,000

Software engineers create and develop Apple’s operating systems and applications, and the V indicates a senior position with superior skills and experience. They also analyze data and deliver critical components of Apple’s software products.

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6. Engineering Manager: $203,000

Engineering managers are similar to senior engineering managers, but they usually have less experience and might manage smaller teams of engineers. They also work on the planning, development and maintenance to meet product delivery deadlines.

7. Industrial Designer: $183,000

An industrial designer develops the concepts for products like cars, electronics, appliances and toys. It’s a combination of art, business and engineering, which Apple has undoubtedly mastered.

8. Senior Product Manager: $180,000

Senior product managers have to balance building technically challenging products with managing the various teams who are going to design and build those products. This is a data-heavy role in a fast-paced work environment.

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9. Senior Engineering Program Manager: $180,000

This is a very high-profile role that is required to lead teams of engineers to launch new products. Senior engineering program managers must be able to make action plans based off technical discussions and have strong multitasking and crisis management skills.

10. Hardware Engineering Manager: $177,000

Hardware engineering managers lead teams that make sure Apple’s hardware is some of the best in the world. From the MacBook to iPad minis to the Apple Watch, Apple has some of the most innovative hardware in the world and these workers are hired to keep it that way.

11. Applications Software Engineer V: $175,000

Applications software engineers build and perfect the next generations of apps, and as some of the most skilled engineers, they earn a high salary and a senior designation (the V after the title). They use technology to create the beautiful, high-performing applications for which Apple is so well known.

12. Software Engineering Manager: $174,000

Software engineering managers lead teams of other engineers to use data to build systems. They need experience with multiple programming and workflow technologies and the ability to coordinate between them.

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13. Software Development Manager III: $167,000-$267,000

A software development manager at Apple works with a team to build innovative services and applications. People holding this position lead larger technical teams and have a hands-on role in the design and development of applications.

14. Senior Engineering Project Manager: $167,000

This person manages the software development process and coordinates all details and processes on a given project across multiple teams. As one Apple job listing stated, “We are looking for an individual who is a force of nature.”

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15. Information Systems Manager II: $162,000

Information systems managers can also be called IT managers or IT project managers and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help identify the information technology needs and goals of a company and then develop computer systems to accomplish them.

16. Senior Product Marketing Manager: $162,000

Senior product marketing managers must be able to work across teams like operations, finance and public relations to market products to customers from around the world. They must also be experts in technology, consumer and societal trends in order to know how these products can meet consumer demand.

17. CAD Sculptor/Digital 3D Modeler: $162,000

This position utilizes software to create high-quality representations of Apple’s designs. These models are used to present new conceptual designs to the executive management team, as well as validate and pretest designs before they are put into production.

18. Lead Camera Module Design Engineer: $159,000

This person researches, designs, develops and tests the camera hardware on all Apple products. Engineers in this role must have mechanical design experience and strong knowledge of data analysis and statistics.

19. Engineering Manager I: $159,000

Engineering managers help lead the efforts to test frameworks of Apple applications. This person must have exceptional problem-solving and leadership skills.

20. Architect: $154,000

Apple’s “architects” are engineers who build new software and hardware for the company. It’s an extremely creative role and these workers must demonstrate excellent collaboration skills and the ability to think outside the box.

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Stephanie Asymkos contributed to the reporting for this article.

Salaries were sourced from the average total pay according to Glassdoor.

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