The highest paychecks go to Business Managers, who earn approximately $148K, closely trailed by Engineering Project Managers ($111K), Project Development Engineers (about $103K), and Plant Superintendents ($86K).
Years of Experience
Average pay is typically $91K for those with five to nine years of experience. Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically around $61K. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (35 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make about $93K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($94K per year) can be spotted in Allentown; Carlsbad ($90K), Wichita (approximately $89K), and Houston ($80K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is San Antonio at around $46K. Air Products & Chemicals Inc. workers in Pennsylvania earn the most — $95K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach about $137K for Project Management Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. Certified Six Sigma Black Belts with credentials can live quite comfortably; salaries come in at approximately $115K per year. At Air Products & Chemicals Inc., employees who hold a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME) receive the highest salaries at around $121K.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Project Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $105K. Microsoft Excel also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; a little less than a fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Microsoft Office, Operations Management, and Microsoft Word.
Benefits and Perks
Half of workers have paid vacation, and only about 23 percent can take paid time off for illness. A strong majority of workers set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Nearly all workers report having health insurance, and a solid majority of workers report having dental coverage. Some other perks are life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, flexible hours, and a casual working environment.