The 10 US technology firms that pay their engineers the most have been revealed by gigaom.com, with Google heading the list.
Gigaom.com obtained the figures from glassdoor.com. Google pays its engineers a basic of $106,666, and a bonus of $42,759, making a total of $149,425.
The Google total is well above that paid by Yahoo, which is number five in the table, but Yahoo pays out a bigger basic. Yahoo's basic is $114,280, whilst the bonus is a more modest $12,441, giving a total of $126,721.
Going by the fortunes of the two firms though, perhaps Google's bonus driven culture is working better.
Loss-making Sun Microsystems was still among the best payers, at number seven. It paid out bigger basics than both Google and Yahoo - $118,358 - but modest bonuses of $7,356 (the smallest in the top 10).
The Sun total was therefore $125,714. With Sun continuing to lose cash heavily, and with its products failing to gain significant traction, one may wonder how long this honeypot for engineers can continue.
Virtualisation market darling VMware was number nine, offering a total of $120,585.