Principal Scientists earn the highest median pay at $125K annually, followed by Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialists ($89K), Pharmaceuticals Sales Representatives ($82K), and Mechanical Engineers (approximately $74K). Near the bottom at Abbott Laboratories are Financial Analysts, pulling in an average of just around $59K.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $85K per year. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $69K annually. The largest fraction of Abbott Laboratories people (35 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn $99K per year on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $122K annually) can be spotted in San Francisco, Calif.; Santa Clara, Calif. (around $110K), Abbott Park, Ill. (about $94K), and Dallas, Texas ($93K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is North Chicago, Ill. at approximately $83K. By state, California offers the highest pay at $98K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified ScrumMasters earn around $124K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9s also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $120K per year. Employees who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) make the most here, hauling in $127K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Product Development; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $99K per year. Project Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; about one in five of employees surveyed report using it at work. Many workers are also familiar with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Abbott Laboratories gives paid vacation days to 29 percent and sick leave to 22 percent. Employees can save for retirement by joining one of several savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of survey participants and dental coverage for a solid majority of workers. Perks also include tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and a subsidized cell phone.