Facebook’s Interns Make More Money than You [Video]

NEW YORK | Saturday, December 15th, 2012 3:48am EDT

Facebook is the best place in America to work, the jobs site Glassdoor’s Employee’s Choice Awards announced today.

The social networking company won back its title of being top place for work in USA after dropping from first to third last year.

According to this year’s list, Facebook is followed by such well-known companies as McKinsey (second), Google (sixth), and In-N-Out Burger (ninth).

In a new video devoted to the company’s award, Facebook employees reveal what things they like most of all in the job and explain their commitment to the company’s mission of making the world a more open and connected place.

The video also shows workers playing ping-pong, walking on a treadmill while working on a laptop, and surveying the vast offerings of a cushy snack lounge, Slate reports.

“I am constantly inspired by the people that I work with every day, and the caliber of talent all concentrated in one place brings on, like, this infectious energy,” says Melody Quintana, a Facebook content strategist.

As far as salary goes, Glassdoor estimates that the average Facebook product manager earns $132,000 a year, while software engineers make up to $114,000.

Which is more, the company’s interns make between $5,600 and $6,300 a month – the equivalent of $65,000 to $75,000 a year.

“That ends up being a base salary of about $67,000 per year. According to the Social Security Administration, that’s a good $25,000 more than the average US citizen makes, which is $42,976,” the website writes.

In an earlier report about Facebook intern salaries, ABC News, quoting Facebook representative Slater Tow, notes that other than “paying interns an attractive monthly salary, the company also provides them with all the same benefits as normal employees – iPhone, laptop, gym access, three meals a day, all the amenities made available at Facebook offices.”

However, the social network, which was created to make the world more comfortable place, is not the only tech company known for treating its interns lavishly.

An earlier Forbes report covering the “Best Internships of 2012″ suggests that the searching giant Google – with its opportunities for gaining “learning experience,” as well as the benefits and “great pay” the company offers – ranks as the No. 1 workplace for interns.

Glassdoor data clearly shows that the average month salaly for software engineer interns at Google is exceeds $6,000.

“Consistently we see interns comment about the continued learning experience they receive while working at Google,” Glassdoor spokesperson Samantha Zupan says. “Interns also speak favorably about the benefits, the food, the gym and the great pay.”

One former Google intern confirmed the information, saying the company offers “lots of opportunities for interns to sit in on meetings, [and] get contact with higher-ups.”

Another Google intern said: “It is the best place for software engineers. You can learn a lot from smart Googlers. Also, meals are free.

Microsoft won the second best place to get an internship, with intern earning upwards of $5,000. As The Huffington Post informs, Facebook did not make this particular top 10 list.

“Facebook and other tech companies pay their interns well because they want first dibs on young talent,” Business Insider writes.

“It’s not easy to find engineers or designers right now, and all of the big tech companies poach from each other. Some dangle salaries in front of current students and encourage them to drop out.”

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