Grubhub salaries revealed: Here's how much software engineers and data scientists get paid by the delivery company

  • Grubhub’s merger with Just Eat Takeaway is poised to close in the first half of 2021.
  • The European delivery company will inherit Grubhub’s 2,700 employees, where top engineers get paid up to $175,000 a year, according to federal visa data. 
  • Uber bought Postmates, resulting in layoffs last month. 
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On Wednesday, Grubhub is set to release one of its last earnings reports before it officially merges this year with European delivery giant Just Eat Takeaway.

The merger of the companies, in a deal valued at $7.3 billion, will make Just Eat Takeaway the largest food delivery business outside of China. What’s unclear is how the marriage will impact Grubhub’s US-based workforce of more than 2,700 employees. 

Typically when mergers occur, layoffs usually follow. In late January, Uber laid off around 15% of the 1,000 workers at Postmates. The ride-sharing giant, which owns Uber Eats, bought Postmates in an all-stock deal valued at $2.65 billion in late 2020. 

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Will Grubhub’s workforce be slashed, as well?

That remains to be seen. But for now, the company’s technology and product teams are hard at work. Last week, the  Chicago-based delivery company launched a redesigned app. New features include real-time order tracking and easier toggling between pickup and delivery options.

How much do these app developers get paid?

Insider can provide a glimpse using government visa data.

Insider analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification disclosure data for visa applications filed by Grubhub between 2018 to 2020. Companies report base salaries that they offer current or prospective workers as part of the visa application process. 

Salary is usually part of a compensation package that typically includes bonuses and benefits.

The on-demand delivery platform, an early player in the order/pickup space, applied for 256 visas on the federal site. Positions included: various levels of software engineers, data analysts, product managers, data engineers, and marketing managers. 

Base salaries ranged from $60,000 a year for a B2B marketing associate to $225,000 a year for a director of data engineering.  

Additionally, Grubhub has about 124 jobs listed on its website for various positions including sales associates, engineers, and product managers.  

“We’re focused on bringing the best talent to Grubhub in Chicago and across the country, and to not only offer competitive compensation, benefits, and employee programs, but a workplace culture that is fun, collaborative, and customer-obsessed,” a Grubhub spokesperson told Insider in an email.

Here’s what the federal visa data shows:

Grubhub’s pay for senior software engineers vs DoorDash, Google, Amazon

Engineers were the most sought after positions with Grubhub applying for 160 visas for positions with engineer in the title, according to the US Office of Foreign Labor data.

Specifically, Grubhub applied for 89 visas for three tiers of software engineers.

Software engineer: The delivery company applied for 19 visas for this position and listed the base salary ranging from $85,000 to $165,000. 

Software engineer I: Grubhub sought 42 visas for this position and listed the base salary ranging from $66,082 to $115,000.

Software engineer II: Grubhub applied for 28 visas for this position and listed the base salary ranging from $75,000 to $175,000.

Beyond those positions, the delivery company also listed positions with the title “senior software engineer.” The company applied for 23 visas for this position, with the base pay ranging from $123,000 to $175,000. Grubhub’s chief rival DoorDash, the market share leader in the restaurant delivery space, pays more for the same position, according to the same federal visa data.

The base salary range for senior-level engineers at DoorDash range from $168,958 to $220,000, according to the US Office of Foreign Labor data submitted between 2018 to 2020. DoorDash, like Google, is based in the Bay Area of California where the cost of living is among the highest in the nation. 

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Looking at other tech-focused sectors, the typical average base pay for senior software engineers at Amazon and Google is $156,196 and $182,316, respectively, according to the latest US pay data found on Glassdoor.

Pay for data scientists, analysts

Beyond software engineers, the most popular positions sought by Grubhub were data scientists, data analysts, and data engineers.

The base pay for three tiers of data scientists ranged from $95,000 to $130,000 a year. 

Visa applications do not provide job descriptions. However, Grubhub’s website describes the responsibilities of positions with similar titles. 

For example, the duties listed for a “senior data scientist/machine learning” employee were described as helping Grubhub “optimize how we charge our diners, shaping hundreds of millions in revenue annually. You will work closely both with financial stakeholders as well as engineers to ship models that make Grubhub more efficient with the way in which it charges customers.”

Other I.T. and leadership positions can pay as much as $225,000

Lead data analyst: Grubhub applied for one visa for this position, listing the annual base salary as $165,000. No range was provided. 

Director of data engineering: Grubhub sought three visas for this position. The annual base salary ranged from  $200,000 to $225,000.

B2B marketing manager: The base salary was listed at $102,500 a year. No range was provided. Grubhub applied for two visas for this position. 

Decision scientist: The base salary for this position ranged from $105,000 to $135,000 a year. The company sought three visas for this position. While the title is not identical, Grubhub’s career website describes the duties of a “senior decision scientist” as working with other analysis teams “to accelerate and perfect our delivery systems.”

Product manager: Grubhub applied for two visas for this position, whose base salary was listed at $106,030. No range was provided.

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