The typical Amazon.com Inc. employee was paid less than $30,000 in 2017, the company disclosed Wednesday afternoon. In an annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Amazon said its median employee brought home $28,446 in total compensation in 2017. That figure is much lower than other tech companies — Facebook Inc. for instance, recently disclosed a median salary of more than $240,000 — as well as United Parcel Service Inc., which reported median compensation of $53,433. In an email to MarketWatch, an Amazon spokeswoman pointed out that the compensation figures include a wide range of roles across many countries. “Amazon proudly employs over 560,000 people around the world. These roles range from associates working in our fulfillment centers to customer service representatives to software engineers and product managers,” the spokeswoman said. “We also offer employees a lot of flexibility, from part-time to seasonal to full-time. And we employ people in more than 50 countries — from the U.S. to Poland to India. Our median pay is across that entire range of our workforce — global, full and part-time, and every area of the company. In every country and every sector where we employee people, we offer highly competitive wage and benefits such as company stock, health insurance and retirement savings, innovative parental leave, and training for in-demand jobs through our Career Choice program.” Companies this year are reporting their CEO pay in relation to the compensation of a median worker for the first time as a result of a 2015 rule mandated by the Dodd-Frank act. Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos recorded total compensation of $1,681,840 in 2017, almost all of which is money paid for personal security — Bezos drew a salary of $81,840 and received no additional stock. Bezos’s compensation is 59 times the median Amazon worker’s. Amazon had about 566,000 employees as of the end of 2017, according to filings, 225,000 more than it reported at the end of 2016.
Chief Executive Jeff Bezos made 59 times the median employee, Amazon discloses