They make money for these companies and as companies make more money they pay more to the employees if they don’t they will loose them. Else someone else will pay them more. I’m just curious to know this person’s job or job title or job task that allows for a $200000 a year salary. I am not in Silicon Valley but I do write code but I am neither a manager nor director. I’m a single 24 year old renter living in Silicon Valley and I’ll make about $200,000 in total income this year. How do I avoid giving 40%+ away to taxes?