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Tinder Salary Negotiation Guide

Do we like negotiating with Tinder?

Tinder is open to negotiating, especially if you are able to share cross-offer details. It's particularly important to negotiate your initial offer at Tinder as the company is known to be conservative with raises and additional equity grants. Compensation band ranges are in line with industry standards (e.g. smaller than Facebook and Amazon but larger than companies like Coinbase and Uber).

Tinder's compensation structure

  • Base Salary
  • Tinder Equity Package (see Tinder vesting schedule below)
  • Tinder Signing Bonus (not included in all Tinder offer packages)
  • Performance Bonus (varies by level)
  • Stock Refreshers

Since Tinder is part of Match Group, you will receives those shares from your RSU package.

Many Tinder recruiters will quote large stock refresher targets but those aren't written into the offer letter. From what we've seen the refresher numbers quoted by recruiters are slightly overstated vs average amounts received.

Tinder performance bonus targets

Tinder's annual bonus depends on the role, level, personal performance, and company performance. Some target numbers for software engineering positions are listed below.

  • IC2 - 10%
  • IC3 - 10%
  • IC4 - 15%

Most people at Tinder receive their target performance bonus.

Tinder's approach to remote pay

Tinder is certainly willing to offer remote positions across many teams. However, they do have steep pay discounts for remote offers. The biggest hit is on the equity component, but base salary and signing bonus will also decrease.

Tinder's relocation package

Tinder does not usually require you to move, so this often isn't relevant. If they do ask you to move for a specific position, you will likely need to negotiate a custom relocation package that should be in line with industry norms (certainly >$10K and increase with your seniority).

Most negotiable component

As is the case at many tech companies, the most negotiable component is equity. Tinder's sign on bonus is possible to negotiate, but you should expect mid-tier numbers (e.g. ~$50K for senior SWE instead of $100K+ for top paying companies). Base salary is usually quite difficult to negotiate at Tinder. Performance bonus and stock refreshers are not negotiable, but you should still evaluate them when comparing between two offers.

For more information on how to negotiate with Tinder, look at our email negotiation guide, salary negotiation script, and our start-up equity and stock options guide.

Does Tinder require written offers?

Tinder does not require written offers in most cases, but they will ask for other details like the level and location of the offer. In very unique cases (e.g. if you quote extraordinarily high numbers), they might ask to see a written offer, however this can be deflected if you prepare properly in advance.

Will Tinder go above band if I have a strong competing offer?

Tinder recruiters have a hard time securing above band approval, even if you present them with a higher competing offer. However, that does not mean that they will not increase comp if you play your cards right. Negotiating your level is a possible back up plan for Tinder negotiations if you aren't making progress on an above band request.

Is my hiring manager relationship important at Tinder?

Your hiring manager can play a role in your negotiation at Tinder. You should focus on building a strong relationship with them by discussing projects and the team - your goal is to have them be very excited for you to join. This will increase the odds that they support your recruiter in securing top of band or above band compensation.

What does the hiring process look like at Tinder?

The hiring process at Tinder typically has three stages: phone screen, virtual onsite, and offer stage.

  • The phone screen is usually one technical question + previous experiences
  • Virtual onsite is a mix of Leetcode, system design, and behavioural interviews depending on your level and the team you are joining
  • Once you hear that they are extending an offer, the Tinder offer negotiation process begins! 

Note: You can find articles on our blog comparing different interview prep resources: AlgoExpert vs Leetcode vs Interview Cake.

Does Tinder pay well compared to Facebook?

Despite some negative sentiment online about pay, we've seen Tinder pull together some fairly competitive offers. Let’s consider a Tinder software engineer salary at IC4 which is equivalent to E5 at Facebook. Facebook is known to be one of the highest paying tech companies and for E5 top of band comp is just over $450k per year. At Tinder we've seen offers at $410K per year. The numbers are definitely lower than top of market, but still quite high for the level.

What kind of benefits does Tinder offer?

While negotiating at Tinder, the focus should always be on base pay, equity, and signing bonus. You can expect the standard tech benefits as part of your offer, but these aren't really negotiable. It also doesn't usually work to point to another company's benefits as justification for higher compensation - the more optimal strategy is comparing monetary components to monetary components.

Tinder Equity Vesting Schedule

Year 1
25%
Year 2
25%
Year 3
25%
Year 4
25%
Year 5
25%
Year 5
%

Tinder Levels

Tinder Level

IC1

IC2

IC3

IC4

IC5

IC6

IC7

IC8

IC9

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Equivalent Level at Google

L3

L3

L4

L5

L6

L7

L8

L9

L10

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Coming from a non-FAANG background, I was shocked to find out how much I could be earning. Before I signed up with Moonchaser, I made the mistake of telling Amazon my current compensation. Thankfully, Moonchaser knew exactly how to fix it and ended up getting me an offer that was 2.3X what I previously made and more than $600K higher than Amazon’s initial offer!

Through several weeks of interviews, Ganesh was always available to make sure I knew what to say for each conversation. I interviewed with start ups, Google, Facebook and Amazon and was really impressed that Moonchaser knew the comp ranges and were able to give me tailored advice for each – even the start ups.

There ended up being two particularly complex moments in my negotiation. One of the start-ups I had a personal relationship with and I wasn’t sure how it would affect the negotiation. I like that there was a focus on my individual circumstances and that they were leveraged to get me a higher offer. The other situation is that Amazon made a mistake on my written offer and initially wouldn’t rectify it. Ganesh was able to guide me through a challenging conversation to get it resolved.

Steve Commisso
L7 Principal Software Engineer, Amazon

Thanks to Wilson and the team at Moonchaser I got a ~$250K increase on my remote Facebook offer! I was initially worried I wouldn’t have much leverage because Facebook reached out to me, and I wasn’t interviewing anywhere else. Moonchaser introduced me to an Amazon L7 recruiter and helped me get that process started. I didn’t even end up needing to finish the Amazon interviews, since we were able to use some early compensation conversations to justify our numbers to Facebook.

At one point I was also considering pushing for an E7 role, and they wrote up a great script for me to broach the subject with my recruiter. She ended up giving me the option to do an additional interview to be considered for the higher-level position.

The whole process was very smooth, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use the service for any future negotiations. I found the regular calls with Wilson where we walked through strategy and discussed the scripts to be extremely helpful. Not only did it help with this negotiation, but I also learned a lot of useful negotiation tactics that I’ve already started to use in other situations.

Chris Jones
E6 Software Engineer, Facebook

As an engineering leader with decades of experience and having now gone through the negotiation with the team at Moonchaser, the only thing I can say is — get the help. Whether you realize you need it, or even if you think you don’t. Just because you have done well in engineering doesn't mean that you understand the tactics and limits of the recruiting process.

Moonchaser helped me get a $200K increase on my original Facebook offer without any competing offers.  It was clear that Moonchaser was deeply familiar with Facebook's negotiation playbook. I’d honestly give the experience an 11/10.

In addition, Moonchaser guided me on how to get the position switched to a revised remote role which was a huge deal at a personal level. They showed me how to redirect FB’s questions so that I could explore the possibility of not relocating, without ever having to say no to my original offer.

E7 Hardware Engineer
Facebook

This is my first FAANG role and I'm so happy I worked with Moonchaser (thanks again Annie!) for the negotiation. My goal was to increase my Google offer, but I was in a tricky situation where I only had 1 other interview (no offer yet) at a small startup. With their guidance, I managed to get a $240K increase on my Google offer, despite Google's policy of requiring cross offers in writing to justify an increase.

The mock negotiations were a big part of why I was able to get this increase. Going into the negotiation, I assumed the key factor was what to say but I quickly learned that how you say it is equally if not more important. This was clear when over the course of the call"no" turned into "I'll see what I can do" and eventually"I think we can make this work". A big part of this was also having someone with me on the calls to provide real time guidance. This took a lot of the stress out of the situation. I can't recommend this team highly enough!

Andrei Gorbushkin
L5 Technical Program Manager, Google

After receiving several job offers, I needed to make a decision within a few days. I wanted to make sure I was getting the best offer possible, so I decided to use Moonchaser. I was very pleased with their service. My coach, Sameer, was well prepared and had information about what compensation increases were likely possible. He provided detailed scripts covering a range of scenarios, and he did practice negotiations with me that helped me feel confident when I had the actual conversations.  

With his help I was able to increase one offer by $45k per year plus get a $50k signing bonus and then use that to increase my offer from Square, which was my first choice. All throughout he was very responsive as I was dealing with some tight deadlines and looking to wrap things up quickly. Moonchaser's fee was only a tiny fraction of the increase they helped me negotiate, and even though they would have made more money if I had taken the highest offer, Sameer always put my goals first and never pressured me to do so. I highly recommend Moonchaser!

L6 Software Engineer
Square

My friend introduced me to Moonchaser and I’m so glad they did. I initially did some calculations to see if working with them would be worth it - my final increase ended up being ~3x higher than what I had estimated to be possible!

Their data is much more accurate than anything I found online. Without Sameer's guidance, I would have never known (and would have probably been too nervous) to ask for >$800K for anAmazon L7 offer. Of course, it's not just not enough to throw out a big number, you also need to be able to justify it. Sameer guided me through negotiating an up-level at another company, which I didn’t even know was possible at my level. With their scripts, I was able to leverage my competing offer to get exec approval for my Amazon offer. They also knew all the tricks Amazon would play (e.g., assuming 15% stock appreciation) and exactly how to counter them.

My total 4-year compensation increased by $570K. I don't think I've ever had a higher ROI – I’m very thankful that this service exists!

L7 Principal Software Engineer
Amazon

Maximize your Tinder Offer

Tinder

has a unique set of negotiation policies. If you don’t have experience negotiating with them, you risk losing out on large amounts of money because of very small mistakes.

There are many of these rules you need to know to get the highest

Tinder

offer possible.