How Much Does Working in Artificial Intelligence in Israel Actually Pay?

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Sophia, a robot integrating technology and artificial intelligence developed by Hanson Robotics, on display in Geneva.Credit: Denis Balibouse/Reuters
Sagi Cohen
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The average salary of Israelis working in artificial intelligence for the multinational technological giants – Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple – is 55,700 shekels ($17,130) per month. At other companies, the average salary for such employees is 39,000 shekels a month – a difference of about 40 percent.

These figures were revealed in a survey conducted by the Machine and Deep Learning Israel community on Facebook, which focuses on areas of artificial intelligence. It highlights the ability of the tech giants operating in Israel to pay exceptionally high wages compared to the rest of the high tech industry. MDLI’s annual salary survey includes information on Israeli high tech employees in the AI sector.

Over the years, similar salary differentials appeared in the salary surveys in other areas of expertise in the Israeli high tech industry, and they demonstrate the ability of the tech giants to pay generous wages to their Israeli employees – and the difficulty for smaller firms to compete. These “smaller” companies are not just startups, they include other large Israeli and foreign corporations operating in Israel.

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Uri Eliabayev, the founder of MDLI, said: “It is customary to think that the salary battle is between startups and big companies, but this time we found out that the battle is also between the big corporations and the technology giants.”

The average salary of those working in artificial intelligence in Israel is 36,500 a month. This reflects a rise in salaries – two years ago it was 31,000 a month, according to the MDI surveys. The gender-based salary differential is 8 percent – in favor of men – along with geographical differences. For example, employees working in Tel Aviv earned an average of 38,500 shekels a month – compared to 26,700 in Jerusalem.

Those with degrees in computer science and electrical engineering had the highest salaries, compared to those with other degrees – who had an average monthly salary of 20,039.

The MDLI salary survey is conducted online, and people working in the field are invited to enter their own data about their professional life and salary – so the sample is not necessarily representative of the industry. According to the report issued along with the survey, 1,250 respondents from different areas participated. The data was analyzed by data scientist Omri Goldstein.

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