Was it ever any question that Google might stand a good chance at being one of the top ranked employers for benefits and pay in the U.S.? It shouldn't have been. Other noteworthy tech companies like Facebook are among the top rankings as well, but were edged out by the Mountain View search giant. According to Glassdoor, a company that held a survey for the top U.S. employers based off of the above criteria rated Google as the number one employer. Facebook might have been the suspected crowned king but they actually came in third place where the average salary for an engineer working for the social network is about $120,000 a year, while employees with the engineer title at Google have an average salary of 128,000 a year.
The study was based off of information from current employees of the companies listed in the rankings, with all the employees agreeing to answer questions for the compiled data. Money isn't the only thing keeping employees happy at Google though. If you've ever been to any Google sponsored event you know they usually have a pretty decent gourmet food spread which is a nice little perk. If the food at events is good you could only imagine what they offer on a daily basis at their headquarters for employees. Google offers other awesome perks too though beyond food. On-site day care is a big one because lets face it sometimes the babysitter calls in sick and you just have to work. What's a parent to do? Work for Google and that will never be a question you have to face without a good answer.
We know you all might be wondering who came in second, so we'll tell you. Costco Wholesale if you can believe it. Yep, the giant wholesale shopping store beat out Facebook. Other companies related to the tech or wireless industry that made the list are Verizon Wireless coming in at number 15, and T-Mobile pulling in close behind them with the number 17 ranking. Nowhere to be found however is Apple. They didn't even make it into the list as dead last, of course it's quite possible that the survey never asked any employees that worked for Apple as well.