Spotify salaries revealed: Data shows how much the streaming-music company pays for key US jobs in marketing, engineering, and more

  • Spotify has done podcast deals with heavy hitters including Michelle Obama and Joe Rogan, but that's not the only talent it's signing.
  • The streaming-music service has grown its global workforce by 28% year over year to 4,924 staffers at the end of 2019, the company reported in March.
  • Business Insider analyzed disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers that was released by the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification to gauge what the company offered to pay foreign staffers it sought to hire in the US through work visas.
  • Overall, Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers base salaries between $67,900 and $250,000 per year during the period of the data, spanning positions marketing, engineering, data science, and human-resource roles.
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Spotify is securing podcast deals with heavy hitters including the Obamas and Joe Rogan. But that's not the only talent it's signing.

The streaming-music service has grown its global workforce by 28% year over year to 4,924 staffers at the end of 2019, the company reported in March.

Spotify currently has more than 100 open positions in the US, according to LinkedIn. It's actively recruiting for roles including a head of audiobooks, which is a newer audio initiative for the streaming company; a creative lead to help design tools for podcast creators; a data analyst who will work with the publishing royalties team; and a research manager who will help the company innovate in now it measures for advertisers.

Spotify has offered six-figure salaries for some similar roles this year, recent disclosure data shows. 

Business Insider analyzed disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers that was released by the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification to gauge what the company offered to pay foreign staffers it sought to hire in the US through work visas.

The public data include wages from roughly 47 foreign-labor certification applications that were submitted by Spotify and certified from October 2019 through June 2020, which represents the start of the US government's fiscal year through its third quarter.

The vast majority of the applications were for roles based in New York, though Spotify had a few submissions for jobs in Boston, Massachussetts; Miami, Florida; and Los Angeles, California.

The wages in the disclosure data are the minimum amounts the company attested in foreign-labor certification applications to pay specific workers, according to US Department of Labor documentation. The salaries are based on the average compensation that similar employees in each given job, industry, and with comparable qualifications are paid, which is known as the "prevailing wage."

Companies may choose to pay employees more than the figures reflected in this data, or compensate them in additional ways, like through stock options and grants. Spotify, for example, has an incentive program that offers staffers grants, which they can put toward stock options, cash bonuses, or restricted stock units.

Here's how much Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers in key roles from the start of the US government's fiscal year through its third quarter.

Marketers — $95,000 to $133,000 base salary

Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers in marketing roles base salaries between $94,000 and $133,000 per year, spanning positions like:

  • Social Media/Operations Manager: $94,806
  • Product Marketing Manager: $113,400
  • Associate Director, Corporate Development: $130,000
  • Consumer Marketing Manager: $133,390

Market researchers and specialists — $70,000 to $160,000 base salary

Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers in market-research and specialist roles base salaries between $70,000 and $160,000 per year, spanning positions like:

  • Senior Project Manager: $70,000
  • Pricing Analyst: $150,000
  • Product Marketing Manager: $150,000
  • Business Operations Analyst: $155,000
  • Yield Associate Analyst: $160,000

Statisticians and engineers $100,000 to $250,000 base salary

Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers in data science and engineering roles base salaries between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, spanning positions like:

  • Research Scientist: $106,000
  • Data Scientist: $165,000 to $250,000
  • iOS Engineer: $132,644 to $198,966
  • Data Engineer: $132,644 to $220,000
  • Senior Engineering Manager: $136,000 to $140,000
  • Senior Software Engineer: $137,821 to $174,554
  • Senior Business Systems Analyst: $138,861
  • Senior Manager, Data Science/Analytics: $162,124 to $243,186
  • Senior Product Manager: $170,000
  • Senior Backend Engineer: $170,010 to $244,571
  • Senior Data Scientist: $185,000 to $215,000
  • Senior Machine Learning Engineer: $170,000 to $200,000
  • Machine Learning Engineer: $230,000

Human-resource and financial professionals — $67,000 to $150,000 base salary

Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers in human-resource and finance roles base salaries between $67,000 and $150,000 per year, spanning positions like:

  • HR Specialist: $67,934
  • Manager, Technical Accounting: $86,000 to $87,500
  • Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion: $140,000 to $145,000
  • HR Business Partner: $146,090
  • HR Unit Lead: $150,000

Overall — $67,900 to $250,000 base salary

Overall, Spotify offered permanent and temporary workers, including those applying for H1-B and E-3 Australian work visas, base salaries between $67,900 and $250,000 per year during the period.

The median salary started at $150,000 across the 47 foreign-labor-certification applications.

Other positions included: 

  • Product Designer: $116,494 to $174,740
  • Project Manager: $168,250

Business Insider excluded from these findings data from nine applications that were certified, but withdrawn by the Spotify or expired.

Spotify declined to comment on this story.

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