02/28/2014 04:15 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

These Interns Probably Make More Than You


It's not news that employees at tech companies like Google and Facebook do pretty well for themselves, financially speaking. But what of the ambitious young men and women who slog away at internships there? Turns out they're not making off too badly either.

On Friday, the jobs site GlassDoor released a list of the 10 companies that pay their interns the most, making under-compensated office drones around the country seethe with jealousy. The site compiled its rankings by taking the amount the companies paid their underlings during a summer and averaging it out to a year-round salary. Of course, interns presumably aren't privy to the same dental care, gym memberships and other perks of modern office life as their full-time superiors. But still...

Topping the list was Palo Alto, Calif.-based Palantir Technologies, whose primary business is government contracts. Interns there make the equivalent of $84,144 a year, or $32,044 more than the median U.S. income as of last summer.

Second was the cloud-computing company VMWare -- also in Palo Alto -- which dished out the equivalent of $83,592 a year. Farther down on the list were even more companies who make their homes in the Bay Area, and whose primary business is computing. In fact, every company in the top 10 was in the technology business in some way, including household names like Twitter, eBay and Apple.

So if you want a glamorous internship that may do damage to your wallet (and psyche), New York is the place for you. But if you want to make some real money, learn to code and head to California.

Check out the whole list below.

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