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Amazon AI Engineer Salaries

The role of artificial intelligence (AI) engineers has become particularly significant in recent times, thanks to fast-paced growth in automation, machine learning, and AI. Several big tech companies, including Amazon, hire all through the year for AI roles. Amazon, in particular, is known to pay attractive salary packages to AI engineers, making it a coveted company for engineers wishing to work in a superior and stimulating work environment. 

Getting into Amazon isn’t easy, though. If you’re wondering how tough it is to land a job at Amazon, well, less than 2% of engineers who apply actually end up landing an offer. The stringent interview process ensures only the best of the best get through. So adopting a foolproof prep strategy is extremely important to crack interviews at Amazon. 

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In this article, we’ll look at how much AI engineers at Amazon make in a year. We’ll also compare AI salaries at Amazon with other top technology companies. Here’s what we’ll cover in this article:

  • What Does an AI Engineer at Amazon Do?
  • Qualifications for AI Engineers at Amazon
  • Amazon AI Engineer Salaries
  • Additional Benefits Offered to AI Engineers at Amazon
  • AI Engineer Salaries — Amazon vs. Other FAANG Companies
  • Get Ready for Your Next AI Interview

What Does an AI Engineer at Amazon Do?

AI engineers build AI algorithms to automate software systems and predictive models. An AI engineer also designs scalable solutions to increase the scope of these models and build inventive tools to track large-scale metrics. 

In a nutshell, here’s what an AI engineer at Amazon typically does:

  • Designs and builds scalable AI systems
  • Develops AI algorithms to automate software systems and applications
  • Enhances the performance of predictive models
  • Designs the model’s architecture, interpreting metrics, and performing data pipeline interaction

Qualifications for AI Engineer Roles at Amazon

Here’s what Amazon looks for in applicants who apply for AI Engineer roles:

  • A master’s degree in computer science, IT, or a related field
  • Proficiency in object-oriented programming languages and big data analytics
  • Should be familiar with AI concepts such as infrastructure development, application development, data governance, and data engineering

Amazon AI Engineer Salaries

As mentioned earlier, Amazon is known to offer lucrative compensation packages and other rewarding benefits to AI engineers. Here’s the average compensation breakup for an AI engineer at Amazon:

As we can see, an AI engineer at Amazon typically draws an average base compensation of $128,910. Bonuses for AI roles average at $15,978, and stock options for AI roles (depending on the level of seniority) can go up to $127,820. The total average compensation of AI engineers at Amazon is $136,899.

Salary Components for AI Engineers at Amazon

  • Base Compensation: This is the fixed component of your salary.
  • Bonus: The bonus pay is tied to your performance and is paid out yearly.
  • Stock Options: Stock units, which are restricted units (also known as Amazon stock units), have a vesting period of 4 years at Amazon. Stock options can be much higher for senior AI roles. 

Additional Benefits Offered to AI Engineers at Amazon

In addition to annual compensation, below are some added benefits that AI engineers at Amazon enjoy:

  • Insurance: Health, dental, vision, disability, and life
  • Paid breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Health savings account
  • Transportation within and to the Amazon campus
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Paid vacations
  • Flexible spending account

Artificial Intelligence Engineer Salaries: Amazon vs. Other FAANG Companies

Below is a comparison of AI engineer salaries at Amazon and other FAANG companies. 

As you can see, the salaries for AI engineers at Amazon are at par with other FAANG companies, except Netflix. Netflix is known to pay higher salaries as it usually hires more experienced engineers for AI and related roles.

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Last updated on: 
August 10, 2021

Ashwin Ramachandran

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