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Spotify Salary Negotiation Guide

Do we like negotiating with Spotify?

Spotify is open to negotiating if you have leverage and set it up right. However, recruiters are very transparent about the fact that they don't pay top of market, and they use this as justification to not match other offers. You need to be prepared to handle this pushback.

Spotify's compensation structure

  • Base Salary
  • Spotify Equity Package (see Spotify's RSU vesting schedule below)
  • Stock Refreshers

Spotify very rarely offers signing bonuses and if you are successfully able to negotiate one it will be small relative to FAANG offers.

Spotify performance bonus targets

Spotify doesn't offer cash bonuses. The company offers performance-based stock refreshers, but they are not consistent. It is possible to go up to 4 years without a refresher. However, managers do try to give a new grant after 4 years so no employee runs out of equity.

Spotify's approach to remote pay

Spotify has remote roles and your Spotify remote salary is based on the country you reside in (most companies have much more granular policies than this). This means that if you live in a low cost of living area you can get a very competitive offer. However, for people in SF/NYC, the offers are well below market rates.

Also, something to keep in mind, most Spotify employees in the US work on Eastern Standard Time regardless of where they live. Sometimes a team may require new hires to move to a city for timezone reasons. However, this is very team dependent.

Spotify's relocation package

Most of the time you won't have to relocate given Spotify's Work From Anywhere policy. If you do, Spotify typically offers a relocation package which is equivalent to one month’s salary.

Most negotiable component

Spotify’s most negotiable component is base salary, which is quite unusual as equity is almost always the most negotiable component at big tech companies. As mentioned previously, it's typically not worth focusing the negotiation on a signing bonus at Spotify.

Does Spotify require written offers?

They very rarely ask for written offers. You are more likely to simply be told that Spotify can't match your competing offer. Some recruiters do ask for additional details regarding the competing offer such as location, offer breakdown, etc.

Will Spotify go above band if I have a strong competing offer?

Spotify does not usually go above band. They tend to differentiate on WLB rather than compensation. You still have other options at your disposal if you want higher compensation (e.g. up-levelling negotiations).

Is my hiring manager relationship important at Spotify?

Managers at Spotify have less control over offers (that's mostly run by a comp team). However, building good rapport with your hiring manager is always helpful in a negotiation, as they may be able to advocate on your behalf with recruiters / comp team.

What does the hiring process look like at Spotify?

The hiring process at Spotify is different for every role. The hiring process for a software engineer typically has four stages: recruiter call, team interview (LeetCode questions via CoderPad), onsite interview, and offer stage.

Does Spotify pay well compared to Apple?

Let’s consider a Spotify software engineer salary at the senior level. The total compensation at Apple for the same role/level (i.e. ICT4 software engineer) is much higher compared to Spotify.  For instance, top of band at Apple is ~$440K/year + $80K signing, whereas at the same level Spotify's top of band is ~$310K/year.

What kind of benefits does Spotify offer?

Spotify's cash and equity components should be the main focus of your negotiation. They provide pretty standard benefits such as health coverage, a retirement plan, and other miscellaneous perks like employee discounts.

Spotify Equity Vesting Schedule

Year 1
25%
Year 2
25%
Year 3
25%
Year 4
25%
Year 5
25%
Year 5
%

Spotify Levels

Spotify Level

Associate Engineer

Engineer I

Engineer II

Senior Engineer

Staff Engineer

Senior Staff Engineer

Principal Engineer

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Equivalent Level at Google

L3

L3

Between L3 and L4

Between L4 and L5

L6

L7

Between L8 and L9

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E7 Hardware Engineer
Facebook

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Square

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L7 Principal Software Engineer
Amazon

Maximize your Spotify Offer

Spotify

has a unique set of negotiation policies. If you don’t have experience negotiating with them, you risk losing out on large amounts of money because of very small mistakes.

There are many of these rules you need to know to get the highest

Spotify

offer possible.