As we reported in October, Microsoft has more than doubled its global workforce since 2017. The company now has over 180,000 workers in over 100 countries around the world. That includes adding 23,000 new employees in 2021. But how much does Microsoft pay its staff?

Using a leaked spreadsheet Business Insider found data on how much employees get, including the highest-paid executives, as well as information on staff retention. One of the big questions is whether Microsoft is fair to its employees, considering the company is the most valuable in the world.

The data comes from an email chain from dozens of female technical employees in Microsoft who shared stories about disparities in pay and promotions. A spreadsheet was compiled from the information and leaked.

More than 1,200 women shared their salaries, showing how much Microsoft pays employees across its divisions. Furthermore, the spreadsheet also highlights what promotions chances are like based on gender and race, as well as location differences.


One employee wrote about an environment of inequality:

“Being kept out of meetings, having men on projects speaking over you, or deliberately ignoring ideas are quick and effective in their speed and subtlety,” the employee claims.

Over 600 of the employees say they are engineers across divisions like Windows, Azure, and Office. It shows that the average pay for an engineer is $185,000, while entry-level software engineers get $132,900. Senior engineers start at $217,000 and increase up to $500,000.

It is worth noting the sample size if probably too small to provide a consistent overview of Microsoft’s compensation across roles and locations. Still, it provides a fascinating insight into the company’s pay structure and how minorities are treated.

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