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Salary packages approached $1 million as Meta paid to play in metaverse

By Naomi Nix

07 Apr 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Meta is heavily investing in the development of the metaverse, offering exorbitant salaries to top VR programmers, even as the company undergoes downsizing and cost-cutting efforts. The Post reports.

For years, Meta has pushed a rosy vision about the future of human communication in which people - represented by a diverse slate of avatars - work, play and shop together in immersive digital worlds accessible through virtual reality-powered devices.

What the company hasn't said is that it's paying exorbitant salaries to programmers to turn that vision into a reality. Programmers capable of building out virtual reality-powered games, apps and technology can earn total compensation from $600,000 to packages approaching $1 million, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.

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