Low Level AI specialists make $300K-500K and top names make Pro Athlete money

Typical A.I. specialists, including both Ph.D.s fresh out of school and people with less education and just a few years of experience, can be paid from $300,000 to $500,000 a year or more in salary and company stock, according to nine people who work for major tech companies or have entertained job offers from them.

Well-known names in the A.I. field have received compensation in salary and shares in a company’s stock that total single- or double-digit millions over a four- or five-year period. And at some point they renew or negotiate a new contract, much like a professional athlete.

At the top end are executives with experience managing A.I. projects. Google revealed that one of the leaders of its self-driving-car division, Anthony Levandowski, a longtime employee who started with Google in 2007, took home over $120 million in incentives before joining Uber last year through the acquisition of a start-up he had co-founded that drew the two companies into a court fight over intellectual property.

In the entire world, fewer than 10,000 people have the skills necessary to tackle serious artificial intelligence research.

According to a 2016 Markets and Markets Report, The artificial intelligence (AI) market is expected to be worth $16.06 Billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 62.9% from 2016 to 2022. Several U.S. companies have raised $1 billion dollars or more to fuel artificial intelligence (AI) development.

8 thoughts on “Low Level AI specialists make $300K-500K and top names make Pro Athlete money”

  1. So, you take the salary and compensation of a divisional exec(10’s million), lump it in with fresh AI phd grads(barely 6 figures) and average it all to get mid 6 figures. Wow, no AI job for you.

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  2. A word of warning, before you jump on the latest bandwagon remember that Computer Science has fads that last for sometime just a few years and then many people are then ready to off to jump on the next bandwagon. Start working in a field because it interests you and not because you think there is gold in them thar hills because in a couple of years you might find yourself struggling to find a job in the field.

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    • There’s a whole batch of Indian and Chinese universities preparing a truckload of graduates a couple years hence, so I concur: better do what you really want to do not what is faddish at the moment in CS, which comes and goes like morning dew in the summer’s sunshine.

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  3. You mean I’ll be able to earn my Microsoft Certified AI Specialist certificate in two months and start raking in the dough? Hah – and you all paid for University – suckers!

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    • You probably can’t turn that into a 300K job but if have a BS from a school with a decent program where you took ever AI class they’d let you in without being in the graduate program then in a couple of years you’d probably be making those kind of bucks. This assumes that the fad is still happening.

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  4. You “can be paid from $300,000 to $500,000 a year”
    Sounds familiar, usually associated with junk mail filter not working properly

    Sure if you have enough experience to call yourself a “specialist” that’s amount if pretty normal
    But with just a few years of experience? Well if that’s true some employees at my company are getting shafted…

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