Airbnb is a mission-driven company dedicated to helping create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. It takes a unified team committed to our core values to achieve this goal. Airbnb's various functions embody the company's innovative spirit and our fast-moving team is committed to leading as a 21st century company.

The Location

This position is US - Remote Eligible. The role may include occasional work at an Airbnb office or attendance at offsites, as agreed to with your manager. Airbnb,Inc. can employ in  states where we have registered entities. Currently, employees can not be located in: Alaska, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Delaware and Rhode Island. This list is continuously  evolving and being updated, please check back with us if the state you live in is on the exclusion list. If your position is employed by another Airbnb entity, your recruiter will inform you what states you are eligible to work from. 

The Job

What is Payments at Airbnb?

Payments is key for any healthy marketplace, and is just as central to our product at Airbnb. The Payments team at Airbnb is responsible for everything related to settling money in Airbnb’s global marketplace. We build technology that powers Airbnb’s massive daily transaction volume to collect payments from guests, distribute payouts to hosts and everything in between. Our goal is to make the Payment experience on Airbnb as delightful, magical, intuitive, and easy as possible. 

If you were to join, you’ll have the opportunity to build out our next generation of Payments Platform that powers all lines of Airbnb's businesses and serves the guests/hosts community around the world. We’re responsible for the whole stack from infrastructural work that comes with scaling a global payments company, to core services processing payments, to building out the payments experiences the user sees. You’ll have the opportunity to work on very technically challenging work, as you balance moving fast with the robustness and quality that working on payments demands.

Meet the people, learn about the challenges, and read more about what we do at Payments here.

What is a Senior Software Engineer on Payments Platform at Airbnb? 

We are looking for talented and self-motivated software engineers who are passionate about working in this highly dynamic domain and collaborating with world-class XFN teams to advance our mission. As part of the Payments Platform Engineering team, you will be in charge of designing and building a wide range of scalable systems. You will be involved in the technical details of building highly available services in close collaboration with product, data science and operations teams to understand and react to the ever evolving business needs and to make Airbnb the world’s safest while easiest to use payments platform.


  • Building and maintaining a long-term technology stack with well defined APIs that is service-oriented, modular, granular, observable, and efficient. 
  • Working closely with product managers, data scientists and other XFN partners to develop product features.
  • Focusing on continuous monitoring and alerting to uplevel the quality and observability of our systems. 
  • Collaborating with other engineering teams across Airbnb to advance our engineering process and technical foundation.

About You

  • Experience working in Payments (i.e. Payins, Payouts, Billing, Ledgers, Wallet, Gateway etc) OR Experience working in Financial Technology.
  • 5+ years of relevant industry experience as a backend/fullstack software engineer.
  • Proficient in at least one major programming language (preferably Java/Scala/Ruby on Rails/Python).
  • Exposure to architectural patterns of large, high-scale web applications, such as well-designed APIs, high volume data pipelines, and efficient algorithms.
  • Passion for delivering products end-to-end, from ideation through planning and scoping to implementation and experimental A/B testing.
  • Rigor in high code quality, automated testing, and other engineering best practices.
  • Experience or desire to work collaboratively in cross-functional teams with product, data scientists, design and operations.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and detail oriented.
  • Capable of making data driven decisions and articulating tradeoffs in any technical decisions.
  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree, preferably in CS, or equivalent experience.

The Pay

The starting base pay for this role is between $164,000 and $215,000. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs and market demands. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, benefits, and Employee Travel Credits.

Belonging & Accommodations

Airbnb is committed to working with the best and brightest people from the broadest talent pool possible. We believe a diversity of ideas fosters innovation and engagement, and allows us to attract the best people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. If you need assistance, or a reasonable accommodation during the application and recruiting process, please contact us at: