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AWS Compensation Explained
When I wrote about turning down an AWS job offer I had a whole bunch of people ranging from multiple VPs to remarkably senior managers / engineers / contributors to aggrieved ex-employees all come out of the woodwork to explain their perspective as to how AWS approaches paying people. I’ve been keeping notes on everything I’ve learned here for a while.
Around January each year, Amazon begins adjusting compensation as part of their annual performance cycle. In celebration of a new year, let’s dig into what this means for AWS employees.
AWSs philosophy of compensation
This applies to all of Amazon, but Im going to focus on the AWS segment because it avoids a whole mess of other stuff that applies to folks working in fulfillment centers, such as contract delivery drivers, etc.
I want to be very clear that this is oriented to technically-involved roles–namely, Software Engineers, Solutions Architects, TAMs, and the like. I’m sure that Product Managers, the sales folks, senior executives, etc. all have differing compensation models. I have no particular insight into those facets, but I suspect there may be valuable nuggets for them tucked away here.
I’d further like to say that this is what I’ve pieced together from a variety of public postings from folks sharing their compensation. I may have failed to capture a nuance or two. I’m thrilled to update this post if there’s a meaningful departure from reality. Remember, I’ve never worked at AWS because for all their faults, they do have hiring standards.
Consider how AWS views itself. From their worldview, youre joining AWS because the stock is going to grow the most, youll get to work with people you have decided are the bestif you work at AWS and hate your coworkers, youre welcome to Disagree and Commit with that statementand you will get more job options because of it.
From where I sit as an AWS outsider, they’re largely correct. Furthermore, theres nothing wrong with this viewpoint. Were career poison! isnt how most companies view themselves, and even the ones that should manage to soldier on anyway. It aligns incentives! As a result, AWS is built to pay people the most when Amazon stock goes up.
There’s also an argument that the company is REALLY good at optimizing for free cash flow and should therefore pay as little cash to people as possible, opting instead to make stockholders pay for employees. Nobody can argue that this model hasn’t done great things for Amazon/AWS employees who have ridden the stock up. Today its worth over six times what it was worth five years ago!
Daniel Vassallo talks about leaving a $K a year L6 role there in We have multiplesources on AWS VPs making seven figures a year.
Let me just forewarn you: don’t try to argue with the people who have benefitted and are True Believers™; theyre too busy yelling at me on Twitter about this article to listen to you argue anyway. If you find yourself vehemently disagreeing with aspects of this post, great; I welcome your email! I’m building all of this by piecing together a whole lot of public trivia.
You are here
So you want to change the world—or at least operate at the kind of scale where the things you work on resonate globally. I know! you exclaim, and apply to work at AWS. You pass the ritualistic hazing known as the interview loop and your recruiter reaches out to you four days past their internal SLA for getting back to candidates with a job offer.
“Congratulations, AWS is a great place to work!” Im serious, thats what they say when they extend an offer. Its the same energy as when I write Congratulations! on my wifes Valentines Day card, and roughly as appropriate.
AWS believes that youre a big winner here. AWS hires The Best, and if a member of The Best has decided to offer you a role, you might be The Best too; thatll be determined by whether you accept the role or not.
Its your shot at greatness; you will gain oh so very much more than mere money by working at AWS. You’ll learn to do things the AWS way, making you incredibly valuable to other companies when you eventually leave. Thats compensation that cant be taxed!
How Amazon builds your offer
The AWS goal is to pay you roughly 50% to 65% of what “the market” will pay you, based upon a variety of sources plus some work with Excel. That comes with some caveats which I’ll address in a moment.
Remember that the “market rate” is often defined by big-name organizations and varies as you move from one to the next. Companies like Google, Microsoft, Snowflake, Databricks, and other brand-name successes might have really deep pockets, but that doesn’t apply to the entire tech market. I assure you, if you peruse the levels.fyi entries for lesser-known companies, you’ll find that the “market rate” number is lower than you might expect. A few conversations with other companies put Microsoft at around 75% of market, Google at 95% of market, and Netflix at top of market. Seriously, if cash compensation is all you value, you want to talk to either Netflix or a finance company.
As a result, many people find themselves receiving an offer from AWS that is underwhelming. When they come back with a politely worded form of “Really? You’re trying to pay me less than I make now or was offered at other places?”
AWS has no problem responding with Yes, thats right; if you want that better money you should take it. Many smart people do, and many of them dont; no judgement here. (As an aside, I maintain that the best way to negotiate a big tech company offer is via reaching out to Josh Doody and tell him I sent you. I would hire him if I were contemplating working at a big tech company myself, no question.)
Now, this gets a lot more complicated, but its initial target compensation.No employee gets paid more than the minimal amount of cash. In Seattle or other “non-premium markets” that means $k. In SF and NY—the “premium markets”—that can get to $k. International compensation gets super weird due to labor law issues with which Im not fully versed; if this doesnt apply to your non-U.S. market, take it as a failure on my part. I’m US-centric with respect to labor protections (read as: we basically have none).
Given that their equity is backloaded, or doesn’t vest significantly until the employee’s third year of employment, theres also frequently a cash signing bonus that vests over the first two years. Pay attention to this; its the first and last cash bonus youll get from Amazon. The rest is all stock compensation.
Wait, stock-based compensation?
Thats right: Past that initial $k, youre getting stock only. I have checked: you cant use stock to pay for fancy dinners, your kids private school, or your third yacht. Youll need to sell shares to afford a lifestyle that demands more than this.
How much stock you get will vary based upon role, negotiating position, when you joined, and a number of other factors. But baked into that stock grant is the assumption that your stock grant will grow 15% per year as per Amazons own admission in a SEC proxy declaration.
Seriously. You will get your offer and the interesting parts will all be in shares.
Talk to other Amazonians about their share grants and when they joined. Over the years, the number of shares decreases year-over-year because theyre building that 15% growth number into the stock.
Now, I dont mean to make assumptions around where you are in your career. But think for a minute about what getting a stock grant that assumes 15% growth implies.
If you could take a job at Microsoft, Google, Netflix, or another company that doesn’t do this, you would get an offer that doesnt have this growth assumption baked in. If you genuinely believe as an article of faith that AMZN will go up 15%, you could objectively make more money taking an alternate offer and just investing all of your income into AMZN.
Since they pay top dollar, why not work for Netflix instead? You can spend your days solving complex, impactful challenges and invest whatever extra income you get from this decision in AMZN. It’s the best of both worlds: You’ll end up with the same amount of disposable cash—and almost certainly more shares of Amazon stock.
That’s a great investment hedge, since your personal career trajectory and your investments will no longer be linked to the same company doing well!
From an optimizing for the most money perspective, you can even do the math as to whether or not you have sufficient investment funds to invest assuming AMZN +15%—and not even take the job.
Im an Engineer / PM / Crap Service Namer, not an investor!
Lets assume you take an AWS job for any number of reasons. It’s truly a great place to work, with amazing people and also whoever named ‘AWS Trainium.’ And you chose to get paid a lower salary than other places you could have worked, so clearly you know what you’re doing.
Let’s now get into your next reward season that your recruiter and manager absolutely didn’t tell you existed.
First, understand that your first year and some of your second year is likely to be all cash compensation because they backload their stock vesting. Your first year, 5% of your stock grant vests. In year two, 15% of your grant vests. This is generally not a lot of money, so that shortfall is made up via a cash signing bonus that vests throughout this period.
When you get hired, there is a “cash compensation target.” From what I can tell, thats determined jointly by recruiting, HR, and your manager. That’s what you’re really negotiating when you mistakenly think you’re negotiating other things. It really is the sole thing that determines your pay for the near-term future.
And remember, no matter what you end up with, it’ll be lower compared to salaries for peer roles at other companies!
The next year it will be the salary, the stock that you’ve been awarded after 12 months, and then the remainder of the two-year cash signing bonus. Then in year three, that will turn into just your salary and the stock award.
I want to point out here that Amazon stock has been growing like gangbusters; anyone whos joined in the past decade has seen well over 15% annual stock growth, which is great. That said, its also not something you can actively plan on when choosing a role; past performance does not indicate future behavior and the stock market does not reliably go up-and-to-the-right.
Second, if you started after some date in early January of , you will not be eligible for new rewards in because you haven’t been there for a full year. Surprise! Your recruiter certainly did NOT tell you this part! Raises are tied to calendar years—not years of service.
Third, let’s imagine that you’re an Amazonian whos still in your initial offer timeline or have grants that lay over into your current timeframe. Let’s say the stock has gone up over 15% just before the discussion, such as what happened in ; COVID was an unexpected bonus to Amazons comp model. Let’s further say you have been the top-performing person on your team—and you know it.
CONGRATS! You are going to go into a meeting with your manager. Your manager will say something that distills down to:
Thanks for coming! You are great! We love you! I can’t tell you your rating (note: this is rumored to no longer be true for , which is a good thing), but did I say we love you? We love you! And congrats, you are making more than we meant to give you when we first hired you. Congrats some more, you can keep that! Wait, you thought I was going to give you more stock? More salary? A bonus (ha—those arent really a thing here)? No. Congrats once again! You’re getting paid more than we meant to pay you! The stock has done well—way better than we expected. Heres a list of our entire executive teams email addresses should you wish to send them polite thank-you notes. Now, get the hell out of my office and send in the next Crap Service Namer please.
Thats right, your comp isnt being adjusted one iota, regardless of whether youre the top performer on your team or incredibly close to being placed on a PIP / dismissed. (Note that there are scattered reports of top performers being given some kind of equity refresh, but invariably it’s relatively paltry compared to their expectations.)
Fourth, right around year three or so, AWS decides whether they want to retain you or not. Thats a somewhat harsh description of whats being done. But, fundamentally, when you get more stock grants and they resemble a six-figure pay cut, theyre sending you a message—and its not the friendly kind.
Conversely, if you get a pile of stock that makes you feel awesome, thats them signaling that theyd really prefer you stick around. If this is you—and the stock growth blew past your expectations (including that 15% growth that was baked in)—Id encourage you to remember that this was a happy accident of employee retention.
If AWS really wants you gone, they have alternate processes for that.
So I shouldnt join AWS?
All this said, should you sign aboard with AWS? The answer is a strong maybe!
Will you work with great people, push the envelope, be paid well in the grand scheme of things, and learn a lot? Probably!
But it will greatly depend upon which team and which people you work with. There are jerks and losers at every big company. Some folks love their time at AWS while others hate it.
My advice is this: Take the role if and only if it benefits what youre really looking for. Will you get to work with people you think are the best on the problems that interest you the most? Take the job! Otherwise, make sure you think through the decision long and hard, as there are many variables to consider—just like there are with most things in life.
Now, in true Amazonian fashion, lets address a FAQ that several of the early reviewers of this article asked me.
“Wait, what the hell do you mean by ‘theyre trying to get me to leave voluntarily in year three?!’”
Great question. I knew that would get some interest!
By the start of your third year at AWS, youll know if youre in or out. The pattern generally looks like this:
- Year 1: Youre learning the equivalent of where the bathrooms are. Nothing is really expected of you past the usual perform at your job.
- Year 2: Its time to see what youre made of. AWS will generally load you up in scope to prove your worth to them.
- Year 3: Theyre telling you what they learned in year two. Its either a yes youre here and one of us or its a no, we expect you to leave after four years.
I want to be very clear: Some of my close Amazonian friends will be hurt by this blunt assessment as they look back at their own career trajectory over many years at AWS.
Thats not by design. Its a dawning realization that Ive come to based upon dozens of conversations held over years with Amazonians about their compensation.
It’s my hope that these words will help you determine whether working at AWS makes sense for you—or whether you’re more keen on getting a salary that reflects what you’re actually worth.
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AWS Solutions Architect Salary in
When Amazon Web Service (AWS) was first unveiled five years ago, no one could foresee how fast the platform would rise in importance. Within such a short time, AWS has grown steadily to become one of the most in-demand cloud platforms. Throughout , AWS remained the most dominant cloud service provider and exited Q4 of the same year in the same position. The latest market share reports show that Amazon Web Service continues to outpace the market.
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Consequently, demand for AWS professionals continues to rise steadily. With each release of surveys such as the Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report, AWS certifications feature prominently.
Figure: AWS has the highest market share, ahead of services like Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure
AWS has different roles (Amazon offers certifications for each of these roles, in multiple languages), and each position attracts a lucrative salary.
What is AWS?
Amazon Web Services is a cloud computing service offered by Amazon. Cloud services provide the necessary computing power, on-demand delivery of content, and storage space that allow businesses to scale at a low cost. With AWS, companies can:
- Host websites on cloud-based servers
- Safely store files. Files saved in the cloud are accessible from any location
- Store information on managed databases like SQL, Oracle, and MySQL
- Use a content delivery network on AWS to deliver content around the world
- Send bulk emails
Some of the world’s largest companies such as General Electric, SPLUNK, Samsung, Unilever, Netflix, Kellog’s, ESPN, Twitter, among others, use AWS for the purposes mentioned above. Medium-sized companies in industries such as media, medical, tech, retail, and manufacturing also leverage the functionalities of AWS. They use AWS to host their services, for big data management, and to predict user behavior.
AWS offers services, far more than any other cloud service platform. Each service has more in-depth functions, allowing for faster, easier, cost-effective app building, and active migration. For instance, AWS’ Kubernetes, Farage, and ECS all provide different ways of running containers. Another example is the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Amazon EC2 offers a wide variety of “instance types” to cater to different use cases and balance memory, cost savings, and speedy handling of workloads.
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What is an AWS Solutions Architect?
AWS solutions architects are responsible for the vision underlying AWS solutions. They sit on a development team to ensure that technical decisions made by developers result in systems that are aligned with business visions and outcomes. To achieve this goal, a solutions architect should have the necessary business acumen needed to:
- Appreciate the role played by software and hardware systems in achieving business objectives
- Understand end-users’ problems and their work processes, and translate the same into solutions that increase efficiency
- Explain technical aspects of a project to end-users and management teams to get buy-in
- Solve scalability issues
- Work out integration challenges with third-party programs
In addition to the business skills mentioned above, an AWS solutions architect should possess the technical knowledge necessary to oversee the architecting and deployment of applications within AWS platforms. These include:
- Planning for the adoption of cloud services
- Management and monitoring of cloud platforms
- Application design and building on the cloud
- Data security and compliance laws
- Linux OS: Executing Unix commands and performing containerization with Docker
- Understand tools used in the AWS environment, such as Ansible, Chef, Docker, Jenkins, among other tools necessary for application building and deployment.
- Complex project management, using tools like Jira.
An AWS solutions architect course is a significant first step towards building proficiency in the areas mentioned above.
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What is the Average Salary of an AWS Solutions Architect?
In , the IT Skills and Salary Survey sourced 16, professionals, of which, were AWS certified.
As the demand for professionals with AWS certification continues to rise, so too do their salaries and benefits. In the USA, AWS solutions architect certification is reported to be the highest-earning certification, at an average annual salary of $,
Outside of the US, countries such as Canada, Australia, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE, and India are great places for AWS solutions architects to work. Below is a series of tables showing AWS solutions architect salary for beginners, intermediary, manager, and late-career levels in the countries mentioned above. This data is compiled from Payscale.
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AWS Salary Summary Table
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AWS Solutions Architect Salary by Country
AWS Solutions Architect Salary in Malaysia
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AWS Solutions Architect Salary in India
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AWS Solutions Architect Salary in Australia
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AWS Solutions Architect Salary in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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AWS Solutions Architect Salary in Canada
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To earn the salaries as mentioned earlier, you must first obtain a certification for maximum earning potential.
AWS Certified Solutions Architect
An AWS Solutions Architect certification has two tiers:
At this level, you should understand concepts such as:
- Design and deployment of scalable systems on Amazon Web Services
- AWS services and their suitability for fulfilling different requirements such as security, data, computation, etc.
- On-premise app deployment to AWS
- Data egress from and ingress to AWS
- Best practices for using AWS architecture
- Cost estimation and working out mechanisms for cost control
To get certified, you need to take the relevant course, then sit for the associate exam. The exam is a multiple-choice type and timed for 80 minutes. You will need to recertify every two years, and you can do this by:
- Taking a recertification exam for the same level
- Passing the professional level exams for solutions architect or DevOps engineer
After you get your experience as an associate, you should consider advancing to the professional level. At this level, in addition to the skills mentioned in the associate level, you should know how to:
- Design dynamic and scalable applications on AWS that are reliable and fault-tolerant
- Migrate complex applications
- Enterprise-wide deployment of operations
Once you take the professional-level course, you will sit for a multiple-choice exam timed for minutes. Below are prerequisites for taking the AWS solutions architect certified professional level exam:
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Level certification
- Two years of work experience on the AWS platform
- Demonstrate practical knowledge of using AWS
You have to recertify every two years. Six months before certificate expiry, you will receive an email notifying you that your certificate is almost expired. Be sure to activate email notifications so as not to miss relevant emails.
Now that you know more about the AWS platform and AWS solutions architect salary, you can map your career path to your desired job.
As with all certifications, AWS Solutions Architect Certification Training is significant and essential only when you can demonstrate your practical skills. Apart from certificates, during your interviews, you need to show that you know how to work within AWS and understand its application within companies.
Don’t just read books, watch videos and stop there; work inside the AWS console, break multi-tier applications, and solve them. Testing architecture in an environment that mimics a real production environment is the only way you can demonstrate that you are adept at setting up applications that are:
- Highly available
- Fault-tolerant, and
To achieve that level of proficiency, ensure to take your course from a credible course provider that emphasizes practical knowledge of the AWS platform. After that, with persistence, patience, and focus, you can work your way up to higher certifications that will earn you an AWS solutions architect salary for managers.
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AWS Salary in India in [For Freshers Experienced]
Wondering what is the range of AWS salary in India?
Since Amazon Web Services (AWS) came to the fore, we have witnessed such changes in the internet landscape that we think were possible. Over the years these services have become so popular because of the benefits of scalability and ease that they bring to several web-related processes. This is the reason why AWS Salary in India is significantly increasing.
As you get used to your roles and responsibilities as an AWS architect or AWS developer or any other profile that demands AWS certification, you will be paid much higher than what you started at. Before we discuss AWS salary in India and why different AWS job roles have different responsibilities and different salaries, let’s first talk about the basics of AWS.
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What is AWS?
Amazon web service is a cloud-based platform that provides scalable, cost-effective, reliable, and easy-to-use cloud computing solutions to businesses worldwide. The offerings of AWS are not limited to a particular country, continent, or time zone. It is for every business that is ready to pay to use AWS for making the most of what the cloud has to offer. Amazon is behind this project, which is developed by combining SaaS or software as a service, IaaS or infrastructure as a service, and PaaS or platform as a service.
It is an amalgamation of several products and services that are associated with cloud computing on an individual level. This is one of the most profitable divisions of Amazon that lends a host of equipment, tools, technologies, and support required to provide the varied range of services that it offers. From remote computing, servers, security, and storage to mobile development, networking, and email, AWS offers you everything that you need to help your business benefit from different cloud computing services.
AWS can be divided into three categories, namely Glacier, the cost-effective storage service, S3, the storage system of Amazon, and EC2, the virtual machine service offered by Amazon. The significance of all the services that AWS offer and the scale at which it offers them have taken it way past its competitors.
It is the leading name when it comes to cloud computing services. We have facts to support this statement. An independent analysis done in February reveals that AWS commands nearly one-third of the cloud computing market with % market share. The other two names in the list are Azure with % and Google Cloud with 6% market share.
AWS is located worldwide with its servers located in as many as 76 availability zones. If we talk about its availability in countries, we have to mention that it has its presence in countries across the world. The availability regions mentioned above are separated to allow users to put their services under geographical restrictions if they want to. This diversification is also done keeping in mind the security of the stored data. As we mentioned earlier, AWS is a collective term that encompasses a host of cloud computing services. We have listed down a few of those
- Data management
- Storage databases
- Big data management
- Artificial intelligence
- Mobile development
- Hybrid cloud
Who is an AWS architect?
Simply put, an AWS architect is someone who has an AWS solutions architect certification. An AWS architect has a number of responsibilities in the solution development team, out of which the most important one is designing applications or services within an organisation. In addition to understanding how AWS works, the AWS architect also needs to know how it can work with businesses.
There is a balance between technical and business skills. The solution architect, as they are often called, work in collaboration with the enterprise architect of the organisation to seek strategic direction in building applications or services. The focus of this collaboration is primarily on the technical things related to the development of a solution as well as the impact those technical nuances may have on business outcomes. This information comes in very handy for the development team when it is in the stage of implementing a solution.
AWS architects need skills of working with and managing both people as well as processes. One of their responsibilities includes standing in front of the management of a company and explaining them the most complex problems in the simplest way possible. They may even be required to explain those same complex concepts in a different way to a completely different audience. So, not only are they required to have an expert understanding of technical concepts that are often complex but also the communication and people skills to ensure that they describe those in a way that is easy to understand for the audience sitting in front of them.
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What does an AWS architect do?
An AWS architect commands an exceptional position amongst all other developers. AWS architects are involved in building and integrating information and computer applications to meet the desired business needs. Their work often starts with the integration of software and hardware to ensure that the purpose defined by the customer is properly served.
They are also required to examine the current architecture and systems before moving any further with development. They collaborate with both business and technical staff to suggest solutions that can help in building more efficient systems.
The role of an AWS architect in a project starts as soon as the computer system analyst starts developing project requirements. Then they are part of the project through its completion. The job of a solution architect also entails putting together development tasks and ensuring that the development team is motivated enough through the lifecycle of a project. As far as their most important responsibility is concerned, it has to be executing the underlying vision of developing a solution.
An AWS architect may also be required to be involved in development processes, including programming and testing as well as device and system integration. What they usually do is select a technology that they think will be right for a particular problem.
In all of this, they can’t, even for a second, forget about maintaining a balance between architectural problems and enterprise problems. Most of the people employed in this position already have a lot of experience in software development. This helps them in being more effective as well as productive.
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What does a solution architect focuses on?
Here are the key areas that a solution architect is focussed on:
- Utilising technology to resolve business problems
- The look and feel of the application
- The framework or platform to use for creating the solution
- Determines risks that come with utilising third-party frameworks or platforms
- Maintenance and future scalability
AWS Salary in India
Since the inception of AWS, people with AWS knowledge have always been one of the biggest highlights of any report, discussion, or news on skills and salaries in the IT industry. This is majorly down to how fast and in huge numbers have organisations adopted AWS cloud services.
People who pursue to become AWS architects or developers have a very bright future not only when it comes to their salaries but also the scope of progress in their respective careers. As you get used the job, gain more experience, and learn the tricks of the trade, there is no limit what you can earn out of these jobs. Let us put a few figures on the table back what we are saying.
As per Glassdoor, the average AWS salary in India starts from Rs. 6,07, per annum. It could even start at Rs. 3,83, per annum if you don’t get a chance to work at a top firm or don’t have relevant experience. It could reach a high of Rs.1,, per annum depending not only on the company you are employed at but also your location.
Factors Affecting AWS Salary in India
AWS salary in India can be affected by multiple factors. Let’s see some primary salary affecting factors:
AWS Salary in India: Based on Location
The average salary of a solution architect in the metros is as follows:
New Delhi Rs. 7,67, per annum, Mumbai – Rs. 1,, per annum, Chennai – Rs. 6,44, per annum, Hyderabad: Rs.5,51, per annum, and Kolkata – Rs. 9,50, per annum. (All these figures are taken from Glassdoor)
According to PayScale, There is a significant difference in the salaries of an AWS architect for different job locations. So AWS architects working in Bangalore earn nearly 7% more than the national average. Pune is next in the list with AWS salary that is 4% higher than the national average.
The other two cities where an AWS architect can expect to earn more than the national average in India are Gurgaon (3%) and Hyderabad (1%). On the other side of the spectrum, we have cities that offer their AWS architects lesser salaries than the national average. Chennai offers AWS architects 10% less salary than the national average. Mumbai (5%) and Noida (2%) also offer lower salaries.
AWS Salary in India: Based on Experience
Your experience in the field also has a lot to do with the amount of money you will be making every year. If you have less than one year of experience as an AWS architect, you will make somewhere around Rs.4,80, in a year. If you have been around for a while and have developed great skills in the meantime, you will be paid around Rs. 8,00, every year. Now, the other two experience categories are for senior-level architects whose job involves much more of the management and supervision side of things.
Professionals with years of experience can make a maximum of Rs. 1,, per annum, while those with more than 15 years of experience have a chance to cross the 3,,/year mark. If you are senior solution architect, have the relevant experience, and are working with a top company, you can go up to Rs. 5,, per annum (These figures are taken from LinkedIn)
AWS Salary in India: Based on Employer
Let us now discuss the salaries that top employers pay their AWS solution architects with Associate Certifications. The average salary that Accenture pays its solution architects is around Rs. 4,36, ,00, per annum. Tata Consultancy Services pays its AWS architects Rs. 4,20, 20,00, per annum. Other names include Ericsson Inc – 20,00, per annum, HCL Technologies Ltd – Rs. 2,98, 20,00, per annum, Wipro Technologies Ltd – Rs. 4,00, 20,00, per annum, Techmahindra Ltd – Rs. 3,50, per annum 20,00, per annum.
AWS Salary in India: Based on Skillset
There is a difference in salaries in terms of skill set as well. The average salary of a DevOps Engineer is somewhere around Rs. 7,25, per annum. On the other hand, a Solution Architect with some experience makes around Rs. 1,, per annum. Other skills include Software Engineer – Rs. 6,22, per annum, Technical Architect – 20,00, per annum, System Architecture – 20,00, per annum, and IT Consultant – 10,00, per annum.
Also, there are different skills that can have an impact on your salary. Whether you have that skill or not can increase or decrease our salary. Let us look at a few of those skills. Proficiency in software architecture can help your chances of getting a higher salary than those that don’t have this skill. You can expect as much as a 16% increase in your salary. Other skills that can help you get better salaries as an AWS architect include enterprise application integration (14%), enterprise solutions (13%), Java/J2EE (10%), cloud computing (9%), system architecture (5%), and IT consulting (3%).
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It is quite clear from the above discussion that an AWS solution architect is one of the most important parts of any IT project. This blog also gives a clear picture of the salaries that people who are willing to pursue solution architect certification can expect to get. However, AWS is constantly evolving and is coming up with newer updates and service additions every few years.
We hope you liked our article on AWS salary in India. These numbers above are not set in stone. The real influencer of your salary is the skills you have, the mastery you have attained over them, and how quickly you grow and make the company grow as well.
It is thus very important for AWS architects to keep updating their skills through training courses that are available online. These courses are short-term skill enhancement programs that are ideally designed for working professionals, who don’t have the time to attend regular classes. If you have been a part of the IT industry for long and looking to make a move in terms of salary and career growth, the role of a solution architect offers you the perfect platform.
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What is the salary of AWS Architects in India?
The average AWS Architects salary in India is ₹6,07, per annum.Factors affecting AWS Architects salary in India are experience, location, job role and skillset.
AWS Architects salary based on Indian cities?
Mumbai is the dream city for AWS Architects with an average salary of ₹1,, Kolkata follows with ₹9,50,, then New Delhi provides ₹7,67,, Chennai average at ₹6,44, and finally Hyderabad ₹5,51,
How AWS Architects Salary in India changes with experience?
Entry level AWS Architects earn around ₹4,80, per annum. When he goes to mid level, the average AWS Architects salary is ₹1,, per annum. Senior AWS Architects earns more than ₹3,, per annum.
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