Since the beginning of Stack Overflow, Jeff Atwood has been saying that the team have been paid slave wages. With the success of Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User et al has this changed?

Has the team moved up to serf or possibly even pauper wages?

Note: I posted this question not to be nosy, though it obviously could be construed that way, but out of interest in that I love these sites and wanted to know if all the hard work is paying some dividends for the team.

I have been working my way through all the Stack Overflow podcasts, starting with episode one as I came late to the party and kept hearing Jeff talk about how the team has been doing it for the love of it on slave wages. I have now got to episode 23 and while the sites appear to be very popular and successful (still going) I was hoping that things are working out well for the team hence my question.

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    Slave labour wages of which country base?
    – random
    Nov 5, 2009 at 3:27
  • Good point random. I guess within the context of US programming slave wages.
    – Sim
    Nov 5, 2009 at 3:30
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    success of StackOverflow, ServerFault, SuperUser? Well I do think it's a success, where else was the success mentioned? Just curious.
    – o.k.w
    Nov 5, 2009 at 4:45
  • By success I mean the obvious that StackOverflow is still going and very popular so much so that they have branched out.
    – Sim
    Nov 5, 2009 at 4:51
  • Maybe it's not as successful as you think and that's why they're branching out to find other revenue streams? Not sure why the obsession with private financial matters like this. Just sayin'.
    – Kev
    Nov 5, 2009 at 4:56
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    Kev, not obsessed but more interested and hoping that all the effort that has gone into the site(s) is paying some dividends for the team.
    – Sim
    Nov 5, 2009 at 5:54

3 Answers 3


Yes, absolutely, almost all the money that comes in goes to salaries. That's order of business #1, pay what people are worth!

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    Good to hear Jeff. Thanks for responding.
    – Sim
    Nov 5, 2009 at 5:53
  • 1
    Don't spend it all on stickers! Nov 5, 2009 at 6:14
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    those stickers were an investment, man! In our future!! Nov 5, 2009 at 7:24
  • Jeff by your own goals and measurements I take it that you and the team see the StackOverflow empire a success?
    – Sim
    Nov 5, 2009 at 7:31
  • Stickers @ SQLPASS, photo compliments of mrdenny flickr.com/photos/mrdenny/4072020233/in/set-72157622726310110
    – squillman
    Nov 5, 2009 at 16:14
  • The order of business #2 is pay people that are wroth.
    – Pollyanna
    Jul 7, 2014 at 19:14

They should be getting "industry competitive" wages in about 6-8 weeks.


Sorry if this is short and sweet, but I don't think that's really any of our business to be honest.

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    I'm not asking to know how much they get paid but more that they are doing better than slave wages.
    – Sim
    Nov 5, 2009 at 4:17
  • See Adams answer above.
    – Kev
    Nov 5, 2009 at 4:36
  • Or below depending on your sorting preferences.
    – Kev
    Nov 5, 2009 at 4:37

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