As a multinational technology company, Amazon not only provides its customers with a variety of various products but also offers many different kinds of jobs. Whether you’re a data scientist, marketing manager, web developer, or even content creator there is a job available for you.

Believe me, there are thousands of different jobs that one can find based on his or her interest on Amazon. So there are many Amazon jobs levels available that I can’t cover them all.

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What are Amazon Salary Levels?

Amazon has categorized its available jobs into 12 levels. To shed some light on this, let me explain what I mean. Each level requires people to have different work experience, and the salary is also different.

At level 12 which is the highest level, there is only one person and that is “Jeff Bezos” the founder of Amazon. At level 11, there are only a few people who are mostly CEOs and SVPs.

Among important people at this level, we can see Andy Jassy who is the president and CEO of Amazon, and Jeff Wike who was considered to be the second most important person in Amazon. However, Wike has retired as Amazon’s CEO worldwide consumer and doesn’t work there anymore.

People who work at levels 9 and 10 are mainly VPS and are not more than a few hundred. To better understand each level let me explain them separately. But before that, you need to know that the base salary ceiling at Amazon is not less than 150,000 per year. Of course, this is for employees who work at level 4 or above. For employees who work at levels 1, 2, or 3 the salary is less than the amount I just talked about.

Before going there, it’s good to know more about a Director’s and an Area Manager’s salary

Please note that the amazon salary levels are different based on the regions and experiences.

Amazon Director Salary

The base salary for a director at Amazon is $170,993 there is also an additional as well as bonus payment of $55,086. So the total payment per year would be something around $226,019. However, in some cases, the additional payment which can be profit sharing, bonus, commission, and stuff like these is less than 50K. In such cases, the total number would be less.

Amazon Area Manager Salary

This job is usually available for lower levels at Amazon. Like the previous one, there is a base salary which is $61,964, and an additional salary which is $20,519. So the total salary per year is something around $82,483 for this job.

Amazon level 1 salary

Employees who work at Amazon level 1 usually earn something around $44,000 per year. The amount of the salary can increase as they gain more and more experience and it can raise to $135,000. Usually, people who get accepted as staff at Amazon at this level do not need that much experience as long as they do their tasks right.

Amazon level 2 salary

The base salary at Amazon level 2 usually starts at 88,000 per year and it can rise up to $211,266. There is not much information available as to how much experience one needs for this level at Amazon.

Amazon level 3 salary

The base salary for Amazon level 3 is $125,897 per year and the total salary is $243,000.

Know that the best paying job at amazon starts from level 4, however, you need some experience and knowledge regarding whatever you are interested in to be able to work at that level.

Amazon level 4 salary

People who are at Amazon level 4 or want to start to work at Amazon at this level need at least 1 to 3 years of experience. However, if you have more than 3 years of experience you can work at levels higher than level 4.

For example, if you are a data analyst and have 5 years of experience, after passing an interview successfully, you can start at level 5, not this one, and earn more money as a result. The average salary for this level is $166,000.

Amazon level 5 salary

It is true that I’m giving you some numbers related to the salary range for each level, but you need to know that there are many different jobs for each level. So Amazon may pay you $200,000 for a job at Amazon level 5 per year and for another job at the same level it may pay you more or less salary than the mentioned amount. To clarify what I mean let me give you an example.

Let’s assume you are a software engineering manager at Amazon, your base salary would be $161K and the total salary would be $285K annually. Now let’s compare this with another job at the same level. If you work as a data analyst at the same level, the base salary would be $150K and the total salary would be $227K.

So as you see, different jobs at the same level are with different payments. By the way, one needs 3 to 10 years of experience to be able to work at this level.

Amazon level 6 salary

You can work at Amazon level 6 only if you have like 8 to 10 years of experience. This level has a higher salary range. For example, if you are a business development at level 5, you would earn $211K, but if you are at level 6 as a business development you would earn 309K. You see the difference! Usually, the base salary for this level is not less than $200,000.

Amazon level 7 salary

The higher we go up, the higher the salary. The base or minimum salary for Amazon level 7 is $300,000 and the range is different from job to job and it goes up to $638,000 per year. So depending on the job, your salary would be different but it won’t be less than $300,000.

Also, it’s important to know that there are some jobs that only exist for one or two specific levels not all.

Usually, employees will be hired from within the company for this level. In addition, one needs 10 years of experience for this level.

Amazon level 8 salary

The minimum salary for Amazon level 8 is more than $600,000 annually. There are only a few specific jobs at this level and employees who work at this level can earn more than one million or above. Directors, seniors, and managers work at Amazon level 8, which looks like level 7 in terms of experiences.

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Amazon level 9 & 10 salary

Important employees to the company work at these Amazon level 9 and 10 . There is not much information available for this level, however, we can guess that the minimum salary would be 1 million and the total salary would be above 1 million per year.

Amazon level 11 salary

As I have already talked about Amazon level 11, there are only a few important CEOs and SVPs at this level, and there is not any available information regarding their salary. Maybe they earn like one million and a half or so per year.

Amazon level 12 salary

Only the founder Jeff Bezos is at Amazon level 12 and I don’t have the slightest clue how much he earns per year.However, his net worth is about 138.9 billion USD at the time of writing this article.


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  1. I am a L3 Process Assistant, for over a year now, and I make $21 an hour with $1.50 differential pay for working over nights. Before taxes, about 65-67,000 for salary. Even my boss, an L4, doesn’t make what was described for L4 or even L3. (Based in Central Iowa)

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