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Elon Musk says he's raising Tesla engineer salaries because OpenAI has been aggressively poaching them with massive paydays

Tesla CEO Elon Musk (left) and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman (right).
Tesla CEO Elon Musk (left) and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman (right).Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images; Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images
  • Elon Musk says he's hiking the salaries for those working on Tesla's AI engineering team.

  • The pay raise, Musk said, was because OpenAI has been "aggressively recruiting Tesla engineers."

  • "The talent war for AI is the craziest talent war I've ever seen!" Musk said.

AI engineers working at Tesla may have Sam Altman and OpenAI to thank for their salary bumps.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday that his company is increasing the compensation packages for those working on the AI engineering team. The pay raise, Musk said, was in response to OpenAI's attempts to poach Tesla's engineers.

"They have been aggressively recruiting Tesla engineers with massive compensation offers and have unfortunately been successful in a few cases," Musk said of OpenAI's hiring efforts in an X post on Wednesday.

Musk made the remarks in response to a story by The Information that was published on the same day. According to the report, Tesla machine-learning scientist Ethan Knight is moving over to join Musk's AI company, xAI.