Transparency is one of our core values. We’ve found that it builds trust, holds us accountable, and can push our industry forward. Since 2013, we’ve shared our formula-based approach to compensation, including the complete list of our salaries.
We’ve found that salary transparency can help others, which is central to our mission: to help small businesses get off the ground and grow.
View up-to-date salaries of everyone at Buffer in this table. Read on for our approach and philosophy.
|Leadership||CEO||Boulder, CO, U.S.||$290,250|
|Leadership||Chief of Special Projects||Portland, OR, U.S.||$225,000|
|Leadership, Engineering||CTO||Royal Oak, MI, U.S.||$225,000|
|Leadership, Product||CPO||Denver, CO, U.S.||$267,890|
|Leadership, Design||VP of Design||Bellingham, WA, U.S.||$231,750|
|Leadership, Finance||VP of Finance||San Luis Obispo, CA, U.S.||$225,000|
|Leadership, Advocacy||VP of Customer Advocacy||London, U.K.||$225,000|
|Leadership, People||VP of People||New York, NY, U.S.||$231,000|
|People||Executive Assistant||Nashville, TN, U.S.||$103,241|
|People||Senior People Ops Manager||Woodland, WA, U.S.||$117,729|
|Finance||Director of Business Operations||Louisville, KY, U.S.||$165,759|
|Finance||Accountant||Jacksonville, FL, U.S.||$115,641|
|Finance||Accounting Specialist||Nairobi, Kenya||$69,966|
|Marketing||Product Marketer||Sydney, Australia||$123,930|
|Marketing||Public Relations Manager||Charlottesville, VA, U.S.||$136,314|
|Marketing||Audience Marketer||San Francisco, CA, U.S.||$101,012|
|Engineering||Software Engineer III||Global||$136,848|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer II, Mobile iOS||San Francisco, CA, U.S.||$179,675|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer II||Montpellier, France||$152,381|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer II||Taipei, Taiwan||$152,381|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer I||Pleasanton, CA, U.S.||$158,196|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer I||Vancouver, Canada||$139,585|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer II, Mobile Android||Brighton, U.K.||$155,428|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer I, Mobile iOS||Ozark, MO, U.S.||$136,848|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer I||Madrid, Spain||$145,224|
|Engineering||Staff Engineer||Barcelona, Spain||$173,141|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer II||Montpellier, France||$158,537|
|Engineering||Staff Engineer||High cost of living city||$173,141|
|Engineering||Software Engineer III||Seattle, WA, U.S.||$121,005|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer I||Porto, Portugal||$142,376|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer I||Maastricht, Netherlands||$142,376|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer I||Barcelona, Spain||$136,848|
|Engineering||Software Engineer III||Nashville, TN, U.S.||$125,894|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer I||Low cost of living city||$136,848|
|Engineering||Software Engineer II||Low cost of living city||$121,005|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer I||Gorredijk, Netherlands||$139,585|
|Engineering||Engineering Manager||Zurich, Switzerland||$179,675|
|Engineering||Software Engineer III||New York, NY, U.S.||$134,450|
|Engineering||Software Engineer II||Wexford, Ireland||$108,577|
|Engineering||Software Engineer III||Bangalore, India||$123,425|
|Engineering||Engineering Manager||Lagos, Nigeria||$152,381|
|Engineering||Engineering Manager||Amsterdam, Netherlands||$152,381|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer I||Madrid, Spain||$136,848|
|Engineering||Software Engineer III||Cairo, Egypt||$121,005|
|Engineering||Software Engineer III||Warsaw, Poland||$121,005|
|Engineering||Software Engineer II||New York, NY, U.S.||$118,276|
|Engineering||Software Engineer III||Cape Town, South Africa||$121,005|
|Engineering||Software Engineer III||Sao Paulo, Brazil||$121,005|
|Engineering, Marketing||Marketing Engineer II||Philadelphia, PA, USA||$106,448|
|Engineering||Software Engineer III||Sydney, Australia||$121,005|
|Engineering||Senior Engineer II||Berlin, Germany||$152,381|
|Product||Group Product Manager||Toronto, Canada||$169,811|
|Product||Senior Product Manager||Barcelona, Spain||$153,000|
|Product||Strategic Partnerships Manager||Amsterdam, Netherlands||$136,281|
|Product||Group Product Manager||Portland, OR, U.S.||$173,207|
|Product||Senior Product Manager||Edmonton, Canada||$153,000|
|Product||Product Manager||Bucharest, Romania||$144,746|
|Design||Product Designer||Bristol, U.K.||$117,829|
|Design||Senior Product Designer||London, U.K.||$153,875|
|Design, Marketing||Senior Marketing Designer||Wroclaw, Poland||$133,110|
|Design||Senior Product Designer||Ventura, CA, U.S.||$166,146|
|Design||Senior Product Designer||Antwerp, Belgium||$130,500|
|Design||Product Designer||Casablanca, Morocco||$115,519|
|Data||Data Engineer||Granada, Spain||$130,869|
|Data||Data Scientist||Louisville, KY, U.S.||$142,503|
|Data, Marketing||Data Scientist||Bend, OR, U.S.||$130,410|
|Data||Data Science Manager||Santa Cruz, CA, U.S.||$190,249|
|Advocacy||Senior Escalations Manager||Detroit, MI, U.S.||$112,500|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate III||Bonners Ferry, ID, U.S.||$83,068|
|Advocacy||Senior Customer Advocate I||Manchester, U.K.||$99,107|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate Manager||Denver, CO, U.S.||$105,143|
|Advocacy||Senior Customer Advocate I||London, U.K.||$106,912|
|Advocacy||Head of Customer Advocacy Operations||Brighton, U.K.||$143,466|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate II||Average cost of living city||$78,300|
|Advocacy||Senior Customer Advocate I||Los Angeles, CA, U.S.||$96,221|
|Advocacy||Senior Customer Advocate I||London, U.K.||$110,119|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate III||Kihei, HI, U.S.||$85,561|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate III||Woodside, CA, U.S.||$105,080|
|Advocacy||Senior Customer Advocate I||Average cost of living city||$96,221|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate III||Portland, OR, U.S.||$85,561|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate III||Nomad||$85,561|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate Manager||Louisville, KY, U.S.||$99,107|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate II||Chicago, IL, U.S.||$73,502|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate II||Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei||$73,502|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate II||Melbourne, Australia||$73,502|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate II||Tema, Ghana||$69,262|
|Advocacy||Customer Advocate II||Davenport, FL, U.S.||$69,262|
We benchmark for position and experience level
The role benchmark is based on the software industry and the 50th percentile of San Francisco market data.
Customer Advocate III, $106,912
Product Marketer, $108,838
Apply cost of living based on your location
These take into account being a global team, while closing the gap found in traditional compensation approaches.
Cost of living bands:
Low (75%), Average (85%), Intermediate (90%) and High (100%)
Determine a formula-based salary
We calculate salaries taking into account being a global team and closing the gap found in traditional pay practices.
A Product Marketer in an Intermediate cost of living band would earn $97,954.
Our compensation philosophy
We’re committed to providing fair and competitive compensation through these key principles:
Openly share our approach and all salaries to create trust, hold ourselves accountable, and serve as a resource for the industry.
Maintain an easy-to-understand formula that allows anyone to easily see how we arrive at any individual salary.
Ensure that those with the same role and responsibilities who are at the same experience level are paid equitably.
Pay above market to attract the team we need, thrive as individuals, and avoid exceptions and inequity resulting from negotiation.
The Buffer Salary calculator
We built a salary calculator so that anyone can see what they would make at Buffer. We hope this information can also help others determine fair and competitive salaries across various roles and locations.Calculate your salary
5% Gender Pay Gap
Our unadjusted pay gap at Buffer across the entire organization is 5.46% as of March 2021. We’re proud that this is much lower than average in tech (12%) and we will continue working towards no unadjusted gender pay gap.Read our 2021 pay analysis
Transparent Salaries Timeline
Clarified our overall compensation principles and launched our Salaries page.
We decided to benchmark all roles to the San Francisco 50th percentile.
We added cost of living bands to our formula for more consistency.
Adjusted our salary formula to be more robust and launched our salary calculator
We created our first salary formula using our own salary bases.
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