At These Companies, Interns Make More Than The U.S. Median Household Income

The list, compiled by Glassdoor, is tech heavy, with Palantir, VMWare, and Twitter at the top.

It's time to do some serious life evaluation. Glassdoor has compiled a list of the top 25 companies with the best-paid internships, and annualized, interns at all of these organizations make more than the median household income in the U.S., which sits at around $53,000. With that kind of money, you know no one's fetching coffee.

Unsurprisingly, the list is tech-heavy. The highest-paying company for interns, based on average monthly base pay, is Palantir ($7,012), followed by VMWare ($6,966), and Twitter ($6,791). Oil and energy companies also made a strong showing, including ExxonMobil (No. 8, $5,972), Chevron (No. 13, $5,424), ConocoPhillips (No. 15, $5,357), and Schlumberger (No. 25, $4,634). Overall, the average intern makes between $2,400 and $3,100 a month, according to Glassdoor.

This report had some overlap with another list of the best companies to intern with, which Glassdoor released earlier this month. The firms that made an appearance on both reports include Facebook, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Google, Apple, Amazon, Yahoo, Qualcomm, Intel, and Schlumberger.

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  • Brittany N Houser

    You do realize these internships are highly competitive, in part because they are well paid. So they get to pick the most qualified interns with the best portfolios. Then they romance them to work full time. It's a brilliant plan. Additionally, you can pretty much guarantee that these interns are paying for 3-4 college credits for the internship to qualify at their school (somewhere between $1000-1600 at university). And lastly, when they go back to school in the fall they are probably paying 4-5 times that for a full semester. So give them a break.

  • Aleksandar Yuriyev Bogdanov

    Is there anyone who can answer if any of those companies take interns from abroad?

  • How is it an internship if you make this much money? Internships are unpaid learning experiences, or at best, stipends to cover basic expenses? #GetOffMyLawn!

  • Suganth Sengottuvelappan

    AT THESE COMPANIES, INTERNS MAKE MORE THAN THE U.S. MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME The space before At is bothering me. I guess its because of OCD

  • The bay area is desperate for good talent — if you've gone through the effort to find and vet an amazing intern, you're going to want to keep them. So it's a worth investment to pay them top dollar for two months out of the year to guarantee that they'll sign with you rather than take the experience and run.

  • Sony records doesn't pay anything! no lunch, no transportation, nothing! on top of that i watched them give a 1st day intern graphic designers a full press packet and cd covers to produce for print in 1 day! obviously programmers and engineers are doing way better than graphic designers in the music industry!

  • Chien-Yu Lin

    In terms of pure cash, how is "Tech internship with Silicon Valley cost-of-living with Califonia state taxes" better than "Tech or Energy internship with Houston cost-of-living with no state taxes in Texas"?

  • Patrick Murray

    silicon valley internships pay wages as stated, but they also include room, board, and transportation expenses.

  • I can personally attest to several of these companies with respect to their intern pay as my son and his friends are Juniors or Seniors at UC Berkeley in CS. One of the drivers here is that companies need a recruiting edge given the difficulty in finding good candidates for software engineering jobs. Java, Ruby, network security are all in high demand, and interns typically have multiple offers both in the Bay Area as well as other high tech markets like Austin, SeaTac, and the Research Triangle.

  • Sean Foley

    Pfft. Only in Cali, and only for Fortune 500. Done. Why in the hell would you pay $5000/mo to someone who can barely do the work is beyond me. But, I guess if you have money to blow... lol

  • Interning in a tech company is significantly different from others. I, personally worked in 3 different companies as a software engineering intern and will be graduating this May. Most of the time, the work that we do might not be essential to the company but from personal experience, in my most recent internship, I wrote software that saved more than a few million dollars a year for that company. I have classmates who worked for companies where they made similar impact. I know the pay might seem ludicrous at first, but it is definitely cheaper to hire an intern for three months rather than a full time developer or a contractor to get the same amount of work done!

  • Yakov Rabinovich

    They hire interns that are likely to become talented engineers, designers, etc., knowing that if you treat them well as interns they are significantly more likely to join your company than others when the time comes. In other words, if this didn't amount to a recruiting cost savings in the long run, they wouldn't do it.

  • David Shanes

    The article was written to make a point. There is no reason to get attack Alice for what she said or how she said it. You are free to stop reading whenever you like. The article's purpose was to make a point - there is aggressive demand for interns at high tech companies in the Bay area and they are willing to pay for it. Point made and taken. Get off your soap box.