Meta Employee Benefits
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How Do I Maximize My Meta Employee Benefits in 2023?
As your career evolves at Meta, your salary increases, and stock awards compound. Your benefits can help you realize financial security when leveraged correctly.
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Meta Employee Compensation
Meta employees are compensated in three different ways:
This is very straight-forward, your base salary is paid out bi-weekly.
You may receive a sign-on bonus at the time you’re hired. Meta also awards performance bonuses.
Restricted Stock Units (RSUs)
Your Meta RSUs vest over time and typically make up a significant portion of your total compensation. This income is taxable and requires significant planning.
Meta Restricted Stock Units
Your stock awards come in the form of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs).
For many Meta employees, RSUs can be a significant portion of total compensation. You may receive stock awards upon being hired, as a part of your annual compensation package, or as a special award. Your stock awards become available to you as they vest over time.
Meta’s vesting schedule is split evenly over 4 years. This means you get 25% of your equity each year.
Your RSUs vest 4 times a year. This vesting schedule can create a cascade of RSUs to manage due to the addition of new RSUs each year through stock refreshers.
Supplement Cash Flow Using Meta Restricted Stock Units
When your RSUs vest, it’s basically the same as Meta giving you cash – only the cash comes in the form of RSUs. We often see employees allow their RSUs to accumulate within their brokerage account. With careful financial planning, you can sell these shares at the time they vest and use the proceeds for your monthly living expenses.
RSU Tax Considerations
Your RSUs are taxed as income at the time they vest. Meta has made it easier for employees who receive RSUs to be more proactive in their approach to tax planning. You can elect to withhold anywhere from 22% to 37% for federal taxes on your vesting RSUs. You can change your withholding amount at any time, but the rate change must be applied one week prior to your quarterly vest date.
Meta 401(k) and Employer Match
The Meta 401(k) allows employees to invest a portion of their salary into long-term investments and save for their retirement.
2023 401(k) Contribution Limits
- $22,500 if you’re under 50
- $30,000 if you’re 50 or older ($22,500 + $7,500 catch-up contribution)
There are 2 ways employees can contribute to their 401(k):
Traditional Pre-Tax 401(k)
You can make pre-tax contributions. Doing this means you will get a tax break up front, lowering your current income tax bill. Money withdrawn at retirement will be taxed.
Your contributions to a Roth are already taxed. With this option, money withdrawn at retirement will not be taxed.
The difference between a Traditional and a Roth 401(k) comes down to when you pay taxes. Roth accounts are generally advised for younger savers; however, a Roth 401(k) can also provide older savers the chance to benefit from tax-free distributions.
How Much is the Employer Match?
Meta will match your 401(k) contributions dollar for dollar up to 50% of the IRS Federal limit. In 2023, if you are under 50 years old, Meta will match up to $11,250.
For someone who is 50 or older, Meta will also match your catch-up contribution dollar for dollar, up to 50% of the IRS Federal limit. In 2023, this is an additional $3,750 towards your 401(k) on top of the $11,250 for a total match of $15,000. Meta is one of the only tech companies we have seen to offer this benefit.
Your Meta match is essentially free money from the company. We strongly encourage Meta employees to prioritize their 401(k) and employer match above all other employee benefits.
Meta Mega Backdoor Roth
The Mega Backdoor Roth allows you to save even more for your retirement and reduce some of your future tax liabilities. This provision within your 401(k) enables you to contribute after–tax dollars to your 401(k) up to the federal limit. You can convert these dollars to a Roth.
2023 401(k) IRS Federal Limits
- $66,000 if you’re under 50 years old
- $73,500 if you’re 50 or older (includes the $7,500 catch-up contribution)
Meta Mega Backdoor Roth Contribution Limits
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