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Holy Bananas. These Coding Interns Make So Much I’m Going to Cry

April 26, 2016
by Susan Shain
Senior Writer
Software engineering internships

Even though I work for a website, I still don’t really get what coders do.

I know they wear headphones and type numbers on a dark screen that looks like the matrix, but that’s about it.

The one thing I do know? They can earn a pretty penny.

Much prettier than, say, someone who merely puts words on the internet. (I guess when you’re building the internet, you can do that.)

I had no idea, though, coding INTERNS also commanded big salaries. After all, when I was an intern, I made zero dollars; I thought that was pretty standard.

So I was shocked when I found this list of coding intern salaries. In fact, it may or may not have made me question every life decision I’ve ever made.

But since that list was old and only based on one source, I asked the lovely folks at Glassdoor to hook me up with some better data.

Here are the insane numbers…  

You’ll Cry When You See These Intern Salaries

Glassdoor shared a tool that searches the salaries of software engineer interns, which is how I found the 30 internships below.

Keep in mind these salaries are self-reported, so the data isn’t verified, and only includes companies whose interns chose to upload their information.

Still, this is a decent sampling of the monthly coding intern salaries at some of the country’s biggest tech companies:

1. eBay: $9,499

2. Snapchat: $9,000

3. Dropbox: $8,735

4. Facebook: $8,174

5. VMware: $8,148

6. Quora: $8,086

7. Groupon: $8,000

8. Palantir: $7,873

9. Pinterest: $7,675

10. Walmart: $7,674

11. Pure Storage: $7,667

12. A9.com: $7,599

13. Coursera: $7,588

14. Microsoft: $7,525

15. Twitter: $7,465

16. Uber: $7,379

17. Chegg: $7,174

18. Counsyl: $7,217

19. Lookout: $7,129

20. Wish: $7,122

21. Sumo Logic: $7,102

22. Hewlett-Packard: $7,005

23. Yelp: $6,933

24. NovoEd: $6,856

25. Amazon Lab: $6,799

26. RetailMeNot: $6,795

27. Foursquare: $6,772

28. Khan Academy: $6,736

29. Texas Instruments: $6,674

30. IBM: $6,636

Crazy, right?

When you compound those numbers with the fact many of these companies offer housing and in-office perks like catered meals and gyms, it’s enough to blow your mind.

Or, like me, really wish you were born with a left brain instead of a right one.

Your Turn: Do you want to learn to code? Check out coding bootcamps — they’re a faster and cheaper alternative to a full college degree.

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

by Susan Shain
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