IBM salaries revealed: Here are the six-figure salaries the $110 billion tech behemoth pays software engineers, developers, managers, and other employees

  • IBM has reeled from the coronavirus crisis like other technology giants, and was recently forced to cut 'several thousand' jobs as the pandemic took its toll on the industry.
  • But IBM has continued to hire for specific roles as the company, under new CEO Arvind Krishna, looks to establish a strong position in AI and hybrid cloud.
  • IBM recently had 1,876 H-1B work visas approved for 2020. The tech giant hired a senior software engineer in California with a salary of $139,000 to $189,000, and a senior vice president for human resources in New York with a salary of $525,000.
  • Here's a survey of what IBM pays new hires based on disclosure data for permanent and temporary workers filed with the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification in 2020.
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The tech behemoth IBM started a new chapter when new CEO Arvind Krishna took over in May.

The iconic, 109-year-old company — which has 350,000 employees globally — is one of the biggest players in the market for enterprise technologies that major corporations need to run their private data centers. 

But IBM is adapting to the rise of the cloud which lets businesses set up networks on web-based platforms, making it possible to scale down or even abandon in-house data centers. That trend is dominated by stronger rivals led by Amazon, Microsoft, and Google.

When Krishna assumed the top post, he vowed that IBM will have "a maniacal focus" on two other emerging trends, AI and hybrid cloud, in which businesses use cloud platforms while maintaining huge chunks of data and applications in private data centers.

Like other tech giants, IBM has reeled from the pandemic, which forced the company not to give financial guidance for 2020 and to cut 'several thousand' jobs in its technology-services division.

But IBM has continued to hire for key roles, including software engineers, data scientists, consultants, and others. Because US companies must disclose salary ranges when applying for visas for current or prospective foreign employees, federal data offers a glimpse into how much IBM pays recent hires. 

Business Insider analyzed Oracle's 1,876 approved visa applications through the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification's 2020 disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers to find out what the firm pays for top talent hired from overseas. While many of the cases show ranges, some include the actual base salary instead. 

Here's a snapshot of IBM salaries in the US for various jobs, including software engineering, data science and others:

Software engineers and app developers: IBM hired a senior software engineer in California with a salary between $139,000 and $189,000

IBM is one of the biggest software companies in the world, a position that the tech giant clearly hopes to use in its bid for a stronger position in enterprise cloud.

This is evident in its recent hires based on the H-1B program. Most of IBM's approved visa applications were for roles in software and applications development, including about 300 applications developers and more than 40 software engineers.

Senior software engineer (California): $139,000 to $189,000

Software developer (California): $113,000 to $235,000

Software engineer (Massachusetts): $129,000 to $215,000

Application developer (Pennsylvania): $92,000 to $162,000

Software engineer (North Carolina): $87,000 to $162,000

Software developer (Kansas): $78,000 to $162,000

Application developer (California): $101,000 to $158,000

Application developer (New Jersey): $93,000 to $157,000

Application architect (California): $114,000 to $157,000

Software engineer (Washington): $154,000

 

Data scientists and engineers: IBM hired a lead data scientist in New York with a salary between $123,000 and $255,000

IBM is well-known for pioneering AI technologies, including Deep Blue, the chess-playing machine that beat world champion Gary Kasparov, and Watson, its flagship AI platform.

IBM is now working to tap into its AI arsenal to offer new cloud tools to businesses. The company recently hired dozens of professionals in data analysis and AI, including more than 20 data engineers and scientists.

Lead data scientist (New York): $123,000 to $255,000

AI engineer (Massachusetts): $180,000

AI solution architect (Pennsylvania): $148,000

Senior data scientist (New York): $112,ooo to $222,000

Data scientist (North Carolina): $105,000 to $213,000

Open source developer, data scientist (California): $175,000

Data science engineer (New York): $155,000

Application architect, big data and analytics (New Jersey): $101,000 to $143,000

Business intelligence, data architect (Pennsylvania): $93,000 to $129,000

Big data engineer (Ohio): $91,000 to $111,000

Data scientist (Texas): $78,000 to $98,000

Consulting and services: IBM hired a senior managing consultant in Pennsylvania with a salary between $142,000 and $296,000

IBM has an army of business and IT consultants which has been critical to its success as an Enterprise vendor. The tech giant has had to adapt to the dramatically changing needs of enterprise in the cloud era.

IBM continues to hire professionals who are able to provide guidance to the company's clients on a wide range of business and technical issues. In some cases, IBM provides assistance to clients who use the technologies of other software providers, such as SAP.

Senior managing consultant (Pennsylvania): $142,000 to $296,000

Global solutioning leader (North Carolina): $130,000 to $270,000

Senior managing consultant (Georgia): $163,000 to $199,000

Lead consultant (Illinois): $106,000 to $192,000

Finance managing consultant (Minnesota): $110,000 to $192,000

Managing strategy consultant (New York): $181,000

Senior advisory consultant (Connecticut): $93,000 to $164,000

Managing consultant (Ohio): $97,000 to $164,000

Senior consultant (Pennsylvania ): $102,000 to $164,000

SAP portal consultant (New Jersey): $114,000 to $157,000

Leadership roles: IBM hired a senior vice president for human resources in New York with a salary of $525,000

Some of IBM's approved work visa applications are for management roles, including key leadership positions in technical and administrative fields:

Senior vice president, human resources (New York): $525,000

Chief technology officer, digital platforms (Texas): $232,000

Program director, offering management (California): $258,000

Program director of engineering (Texas): $237,000

Research manager (California): $194,000 to $289,000

Global SEO program manager (New York): $183,000

Program manager (New Jersey): $111,000 to $230,000

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