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Interns At Twitter And Facebook Make $6,000 A Month

03/03/2014 11:24 GMT | Updated 03/03/2014 11:59 GMT
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The campaign to pay interns a liveable wage is gaining momentum in the UK, but one place it doesn't appear to be required is in Silicon Valley where - it turns out - interns probably make more than you.

A survey of interns' pay at several top tech firms by Glassdoor.com has revealed that the average salary of many graduate entry-level employees in top tech firms is higher than the average UK take-home pay.

Top of the list is tech firm Palantir, which pays its support engineer interns an average base pay of $7,012 a month.

Second is VM Ware, which pays just under $7,000 for its graduate interns, followed by Twitter which gives its software engineering interns a pay of $6,791.

Here is the rest of the top 10, as compiled by Glassdoor and HuffPost US.

10. Apple

Average monthly base pay: $5,723, Apple Software Engineering Intern (Cupertino, CA.)

9. Google

Average monthly base pay: $5,969, Google Software Engineer Intern (New York, NY.)

8. Exxon Mobil

Average monthly base pay: $5,972, Exxon Mobil Intern (Houston, TX.)

7. Ebay Inc.

Average monthly base pay: $6,126, eBay Inc. Intern (San Jose, CA.)

6. Microsoft

Average monthly base pay: $6,138, Microsoft Research Intern (Redmond, WA.)

5. Facebook

Average monthly base pay: $6,213, Facebook Software Engineering Intern (Palo Alto, CA.)

4. LinkedIn

Average monthly base pay: $6,230, LinkedIn Intern

3. Twitter

Average monthly base pay: $6,791, Twitter Software Engineering Intern (New York, NY.)

2. VMware

Average monthly base pay: $6,966, VMWare Graduate Intern (Palo Alto, CA.)

1. Palantir

Average monthly base pay: $7,012, Palantir Support Engineer Intern (Palo Alto, CA.)