How Much Facebook Pays, Based on New Visa-Application Data

  • Business Insider crunched the numbers to find out how much Facebook employees get paid.
  • The data come from thousands of visa applications filed with and made public by the US government.
  • Essentially all key Facebook workers make six figures, but some make much more than others.

Some of the biggest nonexecutive salaries Facebook offers are in its core operations of engineering and marketing.

While Mark Zuckerberg probably has the lowest salary of anyone at the company, set at just $1 a year, he is still the wealthiest person within its walls. Or most walls anywhere — his net worth in 2021 ballooned to roughly $134 billion.

But even those at Facebook who are not Zuckerberg — or one of his very well-paid executives, like Sheryl Sandberg — consistently make well into the six figures. An in-house ad-agency director hired in the past year earns a salary of just over $330,000. An engineering director makes roughly $360,000.

How much exactly do other Facebook workers make?

It depends on the job, of course, but increasingly on where the worker is based, too. A data analyst in California, for example, makes $130,000 to $150,000 a year. One data analyst in Texas makes $128,000, and another $111,000. A software engineer in New York makes $160,000. One in Rhode Island and another in Texas make $118,000 a year.

Business Insider pulled the numbers from thousands of work-visa applications Facebook filed with the US government over the past year. Companies are required to disclose salary information, and the salaries must be the same level a US citizen would get paid if at if they were offered the same job.

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The information has limitations. It covers only jobs for which Facebook is hiring from other countries. It’s heavy on data scientists and software engineers and short on executives. No stock grants are included in the data, nor is experience and its influence on pay. Still, it gives solid insight into Facebook’s pay scale.

Keep reading for a breakdown of what the social-media giant pays some of its key employees.

Data and engineering

Mike Schroepfer

Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer.

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Data scientist: $100,000 to $258,390

Software engineer: $118,000 to $270,000

Data engineer: $100,000 to $233,353

Research scientist: $150,000 to $280,000

Engineering manager: $200,000 to $274,000

Engineering director: $276,059 to $359,443

Technical program manager: $110,000 to $258,693

Production engineer: $118,000 to $242,768

Analytics lead: $168,000 to $200,970

Product designer: $105,000 to $221,189

Front-end engineer: $118,000 to $225,000

Product manager: $118,000 to $270,000

Security engineer: $110,000 to 185,562

Hardware and networks

A company photo shows David Mortenson, Head of Infrastructure at Facebook, against a white background.

David Mortenson, the head of infrastructure at Facebook.


ASIC and FPGA engineer: $161,000 to $229,579

Electrical engineer: $110,000 to $185,968

Optical scientist: $130,000 to $188,000

Hardware engineer: $153,480 to $230,000

Network engineer: $110,000 to $217,874

Policy, content, research

Nick Clegg Facebook

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of comms.

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Content strategist: $121,000 to $179,340

Creative strategist: $265,537

Copywriter: $169,038

Policy programs manager: $157,250

Public policy director: $261,873

Global safety policy director: $267,300

UX researcher: $120,000 to $181,149

Business, management, other

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer.

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Product marketing manager: $140,000 to $220,000

International marketing director: $315,000

Internal communications director: $297,000

Agency director, Latin America: $331,671

Entertainment partnerships director, North America: $290,416

Global partnerships lead: $198,808

Executive communications manager: $230,145 to $267,300

Finance manager: $150,000 to $253,278

Business analyst: $123,000 to $169,000

Lead compliance counsel: $202,000

Associate general counsel: $245,205

Strategic advisor: $250,000