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For any payments company, tech is a huge part of the budget. Speed and security of a network can make or break a company like Amex or Mastercard. And as payments become increasingly digital, these infrastructure giants have to keep maintaining and updating rails and systems.

And that means a large part of payments companies’ headcount lies in tech. Amex, Mastercard, PayPal, Square, and Visa need to hire the best technical talent to build new ways to pay and keep the systems up and running. 

Business Insider analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s 2020 disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers to see how much Amex, Mastercard, PayPal, Square, and Visa pay their technology employees, specifically engineers. The data only includes base pay, not bonuses or equity awards. 

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The salary data analyzed is based on jobs in the US. Data collected includes roles across 21 states, with almost half of the roles based in California.

Salary data for specific roles is either an average of multiple employees with the same title or a single individual. Some of the data includes a range as opposed to a specific salary.

Spokespersons for all five companies either declined to comment or did not return a request to comment in time for publication. 

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American Express

Engineer: $109,062

Quality engineer: $112,276

Senior quality engineer: $118,321

Senior engineer: $129,224

Staff engineer: $159,327

Engineering director: $171,910

Staff architect, machine learning: $210,000



Software engineer: $77,000 – $81,420

Software development engineer 2: $98,779 – $133,266

Senior software development engineer: $95,500 – $148,124

Lead software development engineer: $117,927 – $180,966



Software Engineer: $123,276

Senior Software Engineer: $146,000

Merchant Tech Services Software Engineer: $171,207

Senior Merchant Tech Services Software Engineer: $213,366



Machine learning engineer: $129,850

Senior Android engineer: $140,000

Software engineer: $157,844

Senior software engineer: $187,500

Android engineer: $189,200

Software engineer, iOS: $203,750




Software engineer: $74,956 – $107,870

Senior software test engineer: $93,889 – $121,885

Senior software engineer: $96,852 – $136,792

Cybersecurity engineer: $95,055 – $138,935

Staff engineer: $120,581 – $166,917

Senior cybersecurity engineer: $124,483 – $167,769

Senior staff engineer: $131,762 – $197,968

Lead software engineer: $141,153 – $207,569



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Source:: Business Insider


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