Large tech companies frequently take on paid interns at increasing monthly rates. Some, coming straight out of high school, can make the equivalent of $80,000 a year or more along with the benefits of free housing and transportation, according to a Glassdoor survey of tech workers.
In a detailed analysis of paid interns in the technology field, Bloomberg points out that in many cases these teenage interns are making more than their parents are. All five of the top highest paying tech companies hand out more than $6,000 a month to the young engineers. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the average monthly income for U.S. households across 2012 was $4,280.
The highest paying internships come at analytics/artificial intelligence company Palantir, who pays the equivalent of $84,000 a year. Internships like these don't tend to last a full year so these numbers are based on the top ranked monthly wages.
The top five highest paying companies based on monthly intern wages are Palantir ($7,012), VMWare ($6,966), Twitter ($6,791), LinkedIn ($6230) and Facebook ($6,213). Of the top ten highest paying companies, all but ExxonMobile are tech companies. You'll also find Apple, Google, Microsoft, eBay and Amazon directly below those 5 on the list.