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  • Robinhood, the popular stock-trading app in the middle of the GameStop stock saga has been dominating all the headlines in recent days.
  • With plenty of cash on hand, Robinhood has been on a hiring spree, posting nearly 150 available positions on its career site ranging from product engineering to marketing. 
  • So how much does Robinhood pay its workers? To find out, Business Insider sifted through the data on salaries from the disclosures the company made to the Office of Foreign Labor Certification as part of the H-1B visa program for hiring overseas workers.
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Robinhood, the popular stock-trading app in the middle of the GameStop stock saga has been dominating all the headlines in recent days. On Sunday night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unexpectedly interviewed CEO Vlad Tenev on the new audio app Clubhouse. And on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported Robinhood raised another $2.4 billion from shareholders, days after investors already poured $1 billion into the company.

Founded in 2013, Robinhood was last privately valued at $11.7 billion following a $660 million Series G fundraising round that closed in September. The company’s investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Alphabet’s venture arm GV (formerly Google Ventures), Index Ventures, DST Global, and Sequoia Capital, according to PitchBook. 

With plenty of cash on hand, Robinhood has been on a hiring spree, with nearly 150 available positions on its career site ranging from product engineering to marketing. A company spokesperson declined to comment.

So how much does Robinhood pay its employees? 

To gain insight, Business Insider poured over data showing how much Robinhood pays the workers it hired from overseas in the third quarter of 2020. Employers have to disclose to the federal government how much they pay employees through the H-1B visa program, a key part of how Silicon Valley recruits employees, and that information is published regularly by the Office of Foreign Labor Certification. 

While this is salary data only — it does not include other compensation, such as stock or bonuses — and only includes a subset of Robinhood’s employee base, it still gives rare insight into what the firm pays. 

Take a look at how much some of Robinhood’s over 1,820 workers make annually:

Robinhood paid software engineers in California a salary range of $121,000 to $252,000 a year.

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Of the 35 positions for which Robinhood hired an employee from overseas in the third quarter, 20 were software engineers. The engineering roles are all in Menlo Park, California, about 30 miles south of San Francisco.

The pay scale varied widely for this title, between $121,000 to $252,000. Notably, a senior software engineer is making less than the highest range for a software engineer without the senior title:

Software engineer: $121,000 – $252,000

Senior software engineer: $170,000

A data scientist at Robinhood can make up to $236,000 a year.

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Robinhood hired four overseas workers with the job title “data scientist” or “data analyst,” with a salary range between $129,000 and $236,000. 

Robinhood included an upper bound of what a data scientist could be paid so we included that number here as well.

So, what does a statistician do for a living? According to a recent job posting, the day-to-day responsibilities involve developing insights around key metrics that drive the company’s success and working with partners to identify and track analysis, guidance, reports, and dashboards.

Data scientist: $174,000, up to $236,000

Data analyst: $129,000, up to $167,000

A product manager at Robinhood makes $167,000 a year in California.

Vlad Tenev, co-founder and co-CEO of investing app Robinhood.

Vlad Tenev, co-founder of investing app Robinhood.

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A product manager for Robinhood’s growth team is expected to work with data scientists, marketing, research, and design teams to drive marketing experiments across TV, online, and offline channels, according to a recent job description.

The job requires at least three years of experience building consumer products and “passion for financial products and improving people’s financial lives.” 

Product manager, Growth: $167,000

An engineering manager can make up to $326,000 a year working at Robinhood.

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Robinhood co-founder Baiju Bhatt at Techcrunch Disrupt.

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Engineering managers at Robinhood are paid handsomely with a starting salary of $183,000. 

The labor data also showed what the earning potential could be if Robinhood offered at the top of the salary range, with $326,000 being the highest reported potential salary.

Engineering manager, Data engineering: $252,000, up to $326,000

Engineering manager, Search and analytics platform: $222,000, up to $287,000

Engineering manager, Discovery: $183,000, up to $260,000

Engineering manager, Data infrastructure: $238,000, up to $322,000

The lowest reported salary at Robinhood is $117,00 a year.

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Robinhood cofounders Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt.

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The lowest reported salary for an overseas worker at Robinhood still ranked in the six-figures.

Benchmarking insights and strategy associate: $117,000


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