Here are 15 jobs at Microsoft that will pay you more than $170,000 a year

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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Microsoft is on the upswing, thanks to CEO Satya Nadella.

Customers love Microsoft, Wall Street loves Microsoft, and, importantly, developers and engineers increasingly love Microsoft.

Which means that it is attracting some top talent – and continues to pay them the big bucks to keep them around.

Here are the top-earning jobs at Microsoft, with data taken from Glassdoor.

To keep things fair, we chose jobs with only six or more salaries reported on the jobs site, plus a few odd-jobs here and there that are worth spotlighting:


Software Architects design Microsoft’s tools to meet the needs of its customers. They make $179,535, or $256,933 with total compensation, which includes things like stock, bonuses, or profit-sharing benefits.

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If you’re a Creative Director, you’re helping Microsoft define the look and feel of its software. You can make $180,789, or $190,869 in total compensation.

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Microsoft Principal Development Managers have climbed their way up the ladder among Microsoft’s engineering teams, and make $180,812, or $292,500 in total compensation.

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Microsoft Senior Researchers have one of the coolest jobs going: They lead scientific discovery into new technologies, like the Microsoft HoloLens goggles. They can make $186,925, or $292,455 in total compensation.

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Microsoft’s Principal Directors of Program Management help coordinate the teams of engineers working on products and features. They make $185,083, or $303,959 in total compensation.

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Across all business units, which might include functions like Sales or Accounting, a Senior Director title usually carries a $201,000 salary, with $310,000 in total compensation.

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A Senior Director of Marketing works under CMO Chris Capossela to spread the good word of Microsoft. They make $195,882, with $339,327 in total compensation.

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Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer.
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A Product Unit Manager leads up a specific product team, like Xbox Live or Visual Studio. They make $195,946 in base salary, or $310,865 in total compensation.

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Microsoft is an engineering-focused company, so a Director of Engineering can make $196,677 in a year, or $346,247 in total compensation.

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Senior directors of business development can make $203,452 in base salary, or $339,014 in total compensation. It’s their job to help lead partnerships, investments, outreach, and other ways of working with outside companies.

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Executive VP Peggy Johnson, pictured, leads business development at Microsoft, although not all of these employees would report into her group.


A Director of Development is a senior manager helping oversee the creation of any new Microsoft product, like the Surface Book 2 laptop. They can make $205,297 a year, with $426,689 in total compensation.

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Big companies like Microsoft need plenty of well-paid General Managers to keep things humming along. A GM makes $217,928 in base salary, or $464,005 in total.

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Outside of the engineering organization, Microsoft pays its other employees well, too. With the company pushing for a so-called “Digital Geneva Convention” amid the rising threat of cyberwarfare, the company needs lawyers, too. That’s why a Microsoft Senior Attorney can make $196,044, or $286,470 with total compensation.

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Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer.
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Similarly, Human Resources is vital in a company as big as Microsoft. HR Directors can make $177,959, or $241,361 with total compensation.

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And, of course, it’s good to be the boss. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella earned $20 million in total compensation in the last full fiscal year. But his risks are tied to the rewards: If Microsoft doesn’t hit sales targets, he stands to lose millions.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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