How Much Are Web3 Developer Salaries? Are They Paid in Altcoin Tokens?

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How much do Web3 engineers make?  As you see here, jobs are being posted  from $300K to $750K.  I guess you won’t need a parking spot, since you likely work virtually.

Web2 giants like Google and Facebook have long been beacons for talent seeking cushy paydays, and for good reason — senior software engineers at all five FAANG companies make well over $300,000 a year, according to

It didn’t take long for web3 to catch up.

Jobs with similar lofty income levels have emerged at web3 startups. A senior Solidity engineer position at Silo Finance, a lending protocol,  recently turned heads with a reported salary ranging from $300,000 to $750,000.

Other eye-popping postings have crossed the wires: TempleDAO, an OlympusDAO fork, posted a job paying $300,000 to $900,000 and it quickly made the rounds on Twitter. LooksRare also offered a package that topped $600,000, according to The Daily Ape.

“Regardless if you like it or not Web3 is easily 2x to 5x what Silicon Valley pays,” tweeted Peter Levels, founder of Nomad List, linking to Silo’s job posting.

Tech has been generating gaudy compensation packages for devs since the world was young. What’s striking about this level of loftiness is that it’s coming in startups, not relatively mature ventures with listed stocks and all the options-driven compensation packages that entails. Salaries are a leading indicator of momentum so it seems clear that web3 demand is soaring. And it doesn’t matter that crypto prices are stuck in the doldrums. The buzz on Sand Hill Road is that every major venture firm is hiring a web3 partner.

No Guarantee

Still, web3 is producing its own brand of creative compensation just like Silicon Valley. For example, Silo’s posting has a “basic salary” of $300,000, with the remaining $450,000 coming in the form of tokens. Naturally, there’s no guarantee that the SILO tokens will maintain their value.

Web3 Jobs, which posted the Silo position, actually lists the max salary of a Solidity developer as being $180,000. But the base is $60,000, so the difference appears to be coming from token-based incentives.

It’s clear that web3 engineers are getting paid extremely well, and token-based comp is similar to the stock option-based comp that’s long prevailed in the Valley: both forms are designed to vest the employee in the growth of the venture over a period of time. And that’s a common sense incentive to employ when building web3 projects in a marketplace where fortunes are made so rapidly.

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