A worker gathers items for delivery from the warehouse floor at Amazon's distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona November 22, 2013. The web-based retailer is preparing for Cyber Monday, which is traditionally the busiest day of the year for online purchases, and falls on December 2 in 2013.

Half of Amazon’s employees make less than about $28,000 per year

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos disclosed on Wednesday (Apr. 18) that the Prime program has more than 100 million members. But buried in the company’s latest financial disclosures was an even more revealing number.

Published   |  Photo by Reuters/Ralph D. Freso
A worker gathers items for delivery from the warehouse floor at Amazon's distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona November 22, 2013. The web-based retailer is preparing for Cyber Monday, which is traditionally the busiest day of the year for online purchases, and falls on December 2 in 2013.
$28k

The median yearly salary at Amazon is just $28,446—half of the company’s employees make less than that amount, and half make more.

A worker gathers items for delivery from the warehouse floor at Amazon's distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona November 22, 2013. The web-based retailer is preparing for Cyber Monday, which is traditionally the busiest day of the year for online purchases, and falls on December 2 in 2013.
$28k

The majority of Amazon’s workers are not the engineers and executives based in its headquarters in Seattle, but low-paid, blue-collar employees in warehouses around the globe.

A worker gathers items for delivery from the warehouse floor at Amazon's distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona November 22, 2013. The web-based retailer is preparing for Cyber Monday, which is traditionally the busiest day of the year for online purchases, and falls on December 2 in 2013.
$28k

Amazon’s median wage is stunningly low compared to other major tech firms, like Google and Facebook, where median salaries were around $155,000 last year.

A worker gathers items for delivery from the warehouse floor at Amazon's distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona November 22, 2013. The web-based retailer is preparing for Cyber Monday, which is traditionally the busiest day of the year for online purchases, and falls on December 2 in 2013.
$28k

Amazon’s R&D arm, a separate company called Lab126 that is based in Silicon Valley, had a median salary of $153,000 last year.

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